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After losing her son, mom asks people to finish his composition: "We'll always have his music"

Amy Christie

After her son passed away on January 31, Amanda Brierley went to his favorite spot and found an exercise book.

It was carefully tucked into his bag, close to the piano. Kyan has started composing a song.

As soon as she discovered it, the Australian mom put her heart into having the song finished and performed. Several musicians and orchestras offered their individual versions in memory of the talented child.

What are the details?

Kyan passed away at the end of January while running errands with his sister.

"On the way back, he was sitting in the car reading on his Kindle. He got out to open the gate. We think that he misjudged when to close the gate. It wasn't like there was speed involved; he was just opening a gate," Amanda shared with The Epoch Times.

Amanda found her son's unfinished composition just hours after the terrible loss. She had known that he meant to write music but wasn't aware he had already started.

She acted on her first impulse, hoping that someone could play it for her when she shared the song.

"I'd never heard it. I wrote a post [...] just to my friends, and then about 15 minutes later, my first friend submitted a rendition. It was incredible to hear what [Kyan had] written," she explained.

After hearing the wonderful song, Amanda decided to try and listen to more versions and made a public post. She asked people all over the world to help her, and submissions started flooding in. Musicians and celebrated orchestras joined the list, trying to create a special memory for Kyan's family.

"I thought, 'Okay, I'm going to try my luck. Most orchestras I asked gave us a submission; they made their arrangements and played them. That was incredible," Amanda recalled.

And every submission they received touched Kyan's family as they imagined how his finished piece could have turned out. His mother set up a social media channel on which she showcased every submission for the whole world to enjoy beautiful music.

Kyan's great-grandmother also entered her submission, adding to the touching collection of songs filled with love and memories.

"He started playing like kids do, just bashing the keys. By the end of two days, he had learned 'Fur Elise' by using his iPad; he would look at YouTube tutorials. After that, he came home, and he pulled out this very old kids' keyboard his great-grandmother had given him [...]. It had missing keys, so he made cardboard [...] keys to fix it. He started learning other classical pieces, which was interesting because I didn't realize he liked classical music," Amanda said.

The mother regrets not recording her son more often while playing the songs he had learned. She thought there would be enough time for it.

The submissions she received from everyone showed her that her son touched many people who had the will to bring his song to life.

"Every submission I hear, I have [...] contrasting feelings. We'll never get Kyan back, but we'll always have his music," she concluded.

"Your beautiful son Kyan has gifted this ever peaceful music. I listened to it many times today with sheer joy[...]. My sincere love and care to you and all your family on your beautiful Kyan's short life, such a beautiful gift he has given you all with his music to cherish forever. My heart is soothed just listening and feeling his passion for his music. Peace to Kyan" was a touching comment on the mother's post on social media.










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