ivancGiven the ongoing circus associated with Jade Goody’s journey to death and the media’s shameless casting of lots to purchase the exclusive rights to its imminent occurrence, it is becoming increasingly difficult to locate any sense of dignity in the matter. None so following the death of David Cameron’s son Ivan earlier this week and the letter he personally sent to party activists, members and staff:

Sam and I have been overwhelmed by all the letters, cards, emails and flowers we have received about Ivan. Sending an e-mail this week just gives us both a chance to say a big “thank you”. It means a lot to know that others are thinking of us and him.

We always knew Ivan wouldn’t live forever, but we didn’t expect to lose him so young and so suddenly. He leaves a hole in our life so big that words can’t describe it. Bed time, bath time, meal time – nothing will feel the same again.

We console ourselves knowing that he won’t suffer anymore, that his end was quick, and that he is in a better place. But we all just miss him so desperately.

When we were first told the extent of Ivan’s disability I thought that we would suffer having to care for him but at least he would benefit from our care. Now as I look back I see that it was all the other way round. It was only him that ever really suffered and it was us – Sam, me, Nancy and Elwen – who gained more than I ever believed possible from having and loving such a wonderfully special and beautiful boy.

Touching and tragic, sad and moving.

Will it ever be possible to say the same of Jade Goody?

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