To Lauren Christina Finlay - My daughter, killed in a road crash, 21 June 2005

I never thought I’d have to live without your perfect grace, I didn’t tell you oft enough how much I loved your face; I thought we’d always have the choice of sitting side by side, My world ended abruptly when I was told that you had died. Not a day goes by without thinking of your love, But memories on their own are proving not enough, I took your love for granted until it was too late, It’s only now I know that sharing time with you was great. And when the sun is shinin’, I know that you are smilin’, And when the rain falls, I think that you are cryin’, You cry along with me, And still you make me proud, So when I’m thinking of you, I wish upon a cloud. Sometimes it’s like you’re telling me that things will be okay, And when I want you near me all I gotta do is pray; It’s like you’re reaching out to me and still here in a way, And goodbye is something that I still don’t have to say. Slowly I am learning that living must go on, And though it seems at times that I’m standing on my own, I feel your spirit all around, despite the body gone, So in my heart I feel that I’m not totally alone. And when the sun is shinin’, I know that you are smilin’, And when the rain falls, I think that you are cryin’, You cry along with me, And still you make me proud, So when I’m thinking of you, I wish upon a cloud.

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“Lauren was a kind-hearted person who was always smiling and ready to help. So many people have told me their memories of Lauren, and everyone describes her smiling and helping others. As a 1st year she was someone I looked up to because she had so many talents.” Laura McCrea, Rainey Endowed School. “Lauren was always the girl with the right words. I felt very honoured that Lauren felt she could share her own personal writing with me. She was very generous and would do anything for you.” Miss Llewellyn, Rainey Endowed School. “I feel privileged that you allowed our family to be a small part of Lauren’s life.” Mrs. Ruth Wilson, and Beth. “I will never forget how lovely she was to me – she was full of laughter and I can’t imagine her without a smile.” Carmen Horner, Rainey Endowed School. “I will always miss and remember Lauren especially her smile and the laughs Gabriella and I had with her to and from school in the bus.” Leanne Rainey, Sperrin Integrated College. “She seemed to have something different about her – a sweetness and delicacy – just like a budding rose, yet a strength and personality that made her stand out. This world needs people like Lauren in it. Once in a lifetime we are touched by an angel.” Mrs. Julie McCaughan, and Rory.
Sent by william localactorsni on 08/01/2014
I am I and you are you, whatever we were to each other that we still are. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? Life means all that it ever meant, it is the same as it ever was.
Extract from a poem by Henry Scott Holland
Thank you for setting up this memorial to Lauren Finlay. We hope that you find it a positive experience developing the site and that it becomes a place of comfort and inspiration for you to visit whenever you want or need to.
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