To mark the UK’s day of reflection next Tuesday on the anniversary of the first national lockdown, the Duke of Sussex has written the foreword for “Hospital by the Hill,” a book project from the Hampshire child bereavement support charity, Simon Says.
It follows the story of a young person coping with the death of their mother, who had been working in a local hospital on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
“If you are reading this book, it’s because you’ve lost your parent or a loved one, and while I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone,” Harry’s message begins.
He then draws on his own experience with bereavement at a young age, and reflects on how it made him feel.
“When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support,” Harry continues.
“We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”
The prince ends the introduction by sharing his understanding of loneliness and grief, telling readers that the “feeling will pass.”
“And I will make a promise to you — you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk…