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...


Tom’s Story by Paul Clabburn (

Tom died in his sleep on Friday, October 5, 2007. He was 14. Unusually, he had felt unwell and been diagnosed with a virus the day before. I checked on him in the morning, glad he’d been catching up on his rest. I knew straight away that we’d lost him but I tried to save...


Sophia Forrester

It is hard to predict what will happen each day, but most days are variations on a theme. Friday 19th of May 2011 felt like a normal day when I woke up, but I never went to sleep that night. At 8.00pm I was informed by a police officer that my little sister Sophia, 19...


In memory of my fiancée Deb

The 29th June 2004 is a day that I will never forget!! The previous day I had left my fiancée to go home to my parents for the night – this was nothing unusual as we were waiting to move into a new home together. It was about 10pm when I got a text message...


Hannah Taylor

Maureen wanted something said for our granddaughter Hannah and, difficult though it is for me at this time, I know that I want to be the mouthpiece of both of our thoughts. Where to begin but at the beginning. It seems as though Hannah has fought against the odds all of her life. When she...

Friends and Relatives

Marcella Doherty

Marcella Doherty was only 24 years old when she died of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy or ARVC. Despite her untimely death being as a result of this undiagnosed killer, Marcella had symptoms in the week prior to her death. Sadly, diagnosis proved inadequate and Marcella was unable to convince the medical establishment about the seriousness...

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.

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