Quinn – what a brief, but amazing life

by Mike Burn on September 12, 2010

Sadly, little Quinn died a week or so ago, and Adam and Suzy Mills had the terrible task of having him cremated last Friday. I found my thoughts constantly returning to them through the day – what a desperate loss to bear. But, they have each other and their families, and they have the ultimate comfort that we do not grieve as those who are without hope grieve. One day, they will be reunited, and until then, they will never quite be the same, and can only see through a glass darkly, but will live in hope and truth.

Quinn’s brief life reminded me of the death of my brother at the age of 14 in a tragic mountaineering accident. In clearing through some stuff at my Dad’s house recently, I came across the record of the inscription in Christoper’s entry in the Book of Remembrance when he was cremated in 1972. It was this quotation: “The dream has ended; this is the morning”. Taken from the last chapter of the last book in CS Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, The Last Battle, it reminded me that we live now in the Shadowlands, but one day we will awake to a bright new morning.

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