Dan Harris died 18 months after he was first diagnosed with cancer; he was 30 years old, a law graduate, a guitarist and someone who was very socially aware, he was actually an amazing human being who was always an advocate for the vulnerable. Dan’s mum said to me that her son was ‘like a stone thrown gently into a pond; he caused beautiful ripples that influenced everyone that he came into contact with’ and I only had to be with his family for a short time to get a sense that they were all from the same mould.

Dan became a father around the same time that he was diagnosed and so he fought his cancer right to the very end with all his might, and he married his sweetheart in August this year. His wedding day, surrounded by family and friends was one of the happiest days of his life and it sustained him.

His family have very kindly allowed me to post the video that a really special friend made for his funeral service as a tribute to his life. Dan’s funeral service was amazing; he had a white VW camper with guitars strapped to the roof, his Band ‘Never The Last Breath’ played an acoustic set, this video was shown, family members spoke and the love and respect in the room was so palpable. I will never forget it.

Dan Harris was not in the world for long but he was sent for a reason and while he was here he made such a difference to so many, I never met him but I know I would have really liked him.

The unfinished

We cannot ever judge a song by it’s duration

Nor by the number of notes within it.

We must judge it by the way it touches and lifts our souls,

Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful.

And when something has enriched your life

That is when it’s melody lingers on in your heart

So is it unfinished?  Or is it endless?

Dan’s influence in the world and the ripples from his life will be endless.