All posts tagged: tragedy

It Was Never Meant To Be Like This

“We got language so we can’t communicate Religion so I can love and hate Music so I can exaggerate my pain, and give it a name”. You just read the second verse of The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), the opening track on U2’s surprise new album Songs of Innocence. Which is free. Thank you Apple. The tune is a tribute to punk rock. Disinterested? Me too. But the catchy song is full of deeper hooks to lift a pensive stay-at-home mum from her reverie. I was thinking about death and loss. We said goodbye last week to Launceston deputy mayor Jeremy Ball, offering condolences to family including his wife and two young sons. What a shock. Images of the car wreck, family snaps published in the paper on subsequent days and the chalk sketches by children on the pavement of Prince’s Square during his wake have lodged in my mind. I “got language” but I “can’t communicate” the wrench this news has caused. I used to think grief was an indulgence reserved for nearest loved-ones. I know …

Euthanasia Case Doubly Concerning

Two things happened last week concerning twins that made headlines. Our own, Tassie-born Princess Mary of Denmark was dubbed the international patron of the Australian and Danish twin registries. Her lovely face will promote twin research in both countries. The new role is particularly poignant for our princess as she is a mother of twins herself – two-year-olds Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, the youngest of four. I wonder what Princess Mary thought when she read of the other ‘twin’ story that made headlines. South of her Copenhagen home, a hop over Germany, a skip over Holland and a jump into Belgium, 45-year-old twins Marc and Eddy Verbessem opted to take their own lives. Nothing particularly alarming there – euthanasia is legal in many countries. But Marc and Eddy were not in any physical pain. They felt they had nothing to live for and chose euthanasia by lethal injection (legal in Belgium). Therein lies the tragedy. No denying that these guys had a tough life. They were both born deaf, suffered spinal and heart disease and were about to …