My darling gave me a book of shadows
I tried to hold it in my hand
My fingers closed on shattered promise
It was a gift I did not understand
Kate Lynn-Devere wrote these lyrics about the death of her daughter Alex. Alex died very suddenly, of a previously undiagnosed heart condition. The book of shadows is grief - people say that when a child dies, the shadow of their death is as long as their life would have been. The shattered promise is all the stuff Alex might have done, if she'd lived. The sudden death of a child is devastating and very hard to understand and cope with for any parent.