Our son Thomas

Yesterday our son Thomas Martin Blanckenberg was born at 09h00 prematurely at 26 weeks. This due to complications with both Simone and Thomas. He sadly passed away at 12h30. Simone and I know that Thomas is with his sister Isabella in heaven now embraced in her smiling warmth and love. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

We thank god for our shining little boy Murray, who in this time like the last, is our shining beacon of hope and bubbling fountain of joy.

“We meet but briefly in life, if we touch each other with stardust – that is everything.” Unknown

“Sometimes love is for a moment, sometimes love is for a lifetime. Sometimes a moment is a lifetime.” Unknown


  1. Didn’t want to say anything till a post came up… Strength to you both. May the love we all have for you envelope you in those moments when nothing makes sense and the world seems to be spinning when you just want it to stop. In those moments when you can’t understand how people can talk about petty things in the shop queue while your heart is shattered and emotion wants to bubble up and overwhelm you, know that our thoughts are with you.

    We talk here and home and can’t get over it still. Vusi has not been able to concentrate. The day it happened, he just wanted to leave work. It just seemed all so futile. So..pointless when bigger things are happening out there that one needs to get their heads around.

    We will never understand it. I never will. I’m thankful for the glimpse of Thomas that you showed us. His little form will stay in my mind’s eye forever. We weep for one whose voice we never heard.

    Hugs to Murray, your ray of sunshine. And comfort to everyone also grieving with you and wishing they could do or say something, anything, to make it better, while knowing nothing ever can.


  2. Dear Simone and James
    Words have emptied themselves of meaning – I cannot begin to try and convey the feelings that came up in me on reading this post nor can I begin to imagine what you must be going through.
    I can only say that you are in my thoughts so much and that if there is anything I can do to help please do not hesitate to ask.

    Much love to you


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