My Story

These pages are for you to share with others your experiences of loss due to young sudden cardiac death.

If you would like your thoughts to be included in this section of the website, please email your words, photos / images, songs, videos and poems to or post them to the CRY office (if requested, photos will be returned via Recorded Delivery). A full list of all the written accounts we have received can be found here. Alternatively, you can use the links below to specifically read accounts written by…


Ryan Harrison

My beautiful son Ryan was 18 years of age when he decided to go travelling to Canada. Me and my husband and his sister did not want him to go as he had recently packed up working for my husband as an apprentice alarm engineer. But Ryan just wanted to live his dream, which was...


Amanda McCarthy

On the morning of Sunday 12th October 2008, myself and my wife Beverley were sat at home with our morning cup of tea. Beverley had just returned from dropping our son off to do his local paper round. When the phone rang, Beverley answered it and I immediately saw the colour drain from her face,...


Kevin Smart

My name is Lynn Smart. My brother, Kevin Smart, very sadly died on 5th September 2007 aged just 33. He had worked from home that day – he normally worked in London but there were train driver strikes which had caused him a good few hours of delays on the previous working days. My mum...


Stephen Connor

The morning of 8th December was just like any other Sunday; Stephen woke up to get ready for football while I stopped in bed. Stephen said goodbye and gave me a kiss and said “see you later”. He went outside and changed the cars around so he could drive his to football, then he came...


Matthew Bailey

It was a Monday towards the end of September 2004, our W.I. evening. We had a speaker coming who used to live locally, but who had moved to Edinburgh and was coming all the way down to be with us. Consequently, we were making it a “special evening”, and I was busy preparing my share...

Friends and Relatives

Ricky Stevens & Jason Small

It was the help of CRY during the first two years of the millennium that our family first learned of SADS and the worldwide scale of families suffering the same kind of loss as ourselves. It is truly tremendous. CRY gave us the answers, information and support that we craved. Just like so many others,...

Many CRY supporters have found our Bereavement Support service and Bereavement Support Days to be of great help

‘My Story’ is not just for written accounts of your thoughts and experiences following a loss. Please do send us any images (photos / paintings), songs, videos or poems that express your feelings or capture positive memories of the young person that you have lost. Click on the tabs below to browse through what other CRY supporters have sent in.

Grief Booklets

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