Letters to the Editor: Condolences being sent


It is with an overwhelming feeling of sadness that I extend deepest sympathies to Premier McKeeva Bush and his wife, Mrs. Kerry Bush, on the sudden passing of their daughter Tonya Eyvonne Anglin. We in Montserrat also share the grief of the husband and young daughter of Tonya and recognise that a loss at such a tender age as Tonya is unfathomable. On behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat please accept our condolences and be assured that you and your entire family will be in our prayers.

Reuben T Meade
Chief minister and minister of finance, regional affairs and trade


The Governor and his family were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing away earlier today of the Premier and Mrs. Bush’s daughter Tonya and send their sincere condolences to the Bush and Anglin families. Their thoughts are with them during this sad and difficult time.

Cayman Finance

Cayman Finance would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Premier McKeeva Bush following the loss of his daughter Tonya Yvonne Anglin. Our thoughts are with Premier Bush and his family at this tragic time.

Deputy governor

The public service is deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of the daughter of Premier and Mrs. Bush.

On behalf of the whole public service, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Premier, Mrs. Kerry and the rest of the family.

We are all numbed by this shocking news. Death is the only certainty in life, but far too often it sneaks upon us when we least expect it.

I believe that those of us who have been blessed with children will all agree that they redefine the real meaning of ‘love’ – regardless of what we thought that word to mean before they arrived. And while most of us are blessed to not have had the experience of losing a child, I also believe that it is truly the greatest loss that one can experience.

I would urge us all to hold up this family in our prayers at this time, and pray that the good Lord will see them through these darkest days.

Donovan Ebanks, deputy governor


On behalf of the Government of Barbados and Barbadians resident in the Cayman Islands, I extend our deepest sympathies to the Premier and Mrs. Bush on the loss of their daughter Tonya. We also extend sympathies to Chet and Zaria who I am sure are devastated by this unexpected loss.

Losing a child is one of the saddest life challenges and words that can give you true comfort are difficult to find.

We offer our prayers and thoughts at this very sad time and may the comfort of almighty God envelope you all at this time.

With deepest, heartfelt sympathy.

Juliette Y. Gooding

Honorary Consul to Barbados

Cayman Islands


  1. Dear Mr. Bush,
    It is with deep grief that I learn of the death of your daughter Tonya, In this sad world of ours, sorrow will come; When an aged parent dies, as children we may grieved deeply in accepting our parents death, the world is not turned upside down, its expected. When a child dies, its like a major earthquake as the very ground on which we depend for stability moves beneath us, all the rightness and orderliness of our existence are destroyed. When a child dies, parents feel that a part of them has died, that a vital and core part of them have been ripped away. Bereaved parents indeed do feel that the death of their child is the ultimate deprivation The grief caused by our children death is not only painful but profoundly disorienting. We are forced into a club we did not sign up for, we must deal both with the grief caused by our children death and the need to continue to live our own lives as fully as possible.
    Nothing could prepare me for the drowning accident that claimed the life of my youngest daughter Fiona LeeMacVicar on the first week of spring in 2002. There will always be the empty place in our hearts caused by death of our children; we were, and always will be, the loving Moms and Dads of that child. When our Children were born they were considered as a Gift from God to our families, when they died we were forced to give up that gift. Healing can take a considerable amount of time. You may wish to share with others who have experienced the pain of a childs death. Find a support group that you can attend regularly with other bereaved parents that have similar lost , knowing that these individuals understand much of what you are going through, this is not a journey to walk alone.As you both walk your mourners path its a learning process, time does not heal all wounds, but time softens the intensity of the grief. What helps is finding those who will listen with their hearts and give you hope and understanding, laughter will return, you may lose old friends who dont really understand, the skies will not always have rain clouds, the sun will shine again, we will remember our children every day for the rest of our lives.
    You will find that problems in life are not overwhelming, you are handling the worst thing that can happen to you and your family; you must face your grief head on, this cannot be postponed or feel you have to get over the death of your daughter. You will learn that the emotional journey from early bereavement towards the new normal will take you through valleys, Wilderness; Mountains, sometimes through rocky terrain. Mourning is how we heal through our grief. You may find that tears respect neither time nor place, allow it and be with it now. Everything else can wait. Imagine that your grief is a physical deep cut thats needs immediate attention. The same needs to be done for your emotional wounds. Take time out to heal.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you may you be encouraged today
    Violet MacVicarJohnson
    Christian Bereavement Counselor
    Author of Beyond the Sunset…

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