Amy Stewart was a 24-year-old McGuire graduate from Melbourne, Australia who was killed in a car accident 2 Sep 2006.

Amy joined the programme in mid-2000 and had attended several refresher courses. Always bright and bubbly, Amy was committed to her recovery and often attended the Heidelberg support group travelling over an hour each way.

Amy will be missed by her McGuire family, especially in Melbourne.

Geoff Johnston

This is a terrible thing to happen to anyone, let alone to someone so young. From the emails from those who knew her, it sounds like the McGuire family and world have lost a great person.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy’s family at this difficult time.

Richard Whincup

I never knew Amy but I’m sure it would be extremely hard for her family right now. 24 is so young!!!! I have 2 daughters and a son and I can’t imagine life without them. They are my world. We take so much for granted in this world and we forget that one day we are all going to go and no one knows when.

Please don’t forget to love more, laugh more, dance more and be thankful for what you have. Don’t take anyone for granted. Treasure your friends and family. Treasure life!!!!

Take care everyone
Rita Savva
Brisbane, Australia

It was with great sadness that I read Geoff’s news about Amy’s untimely death. As others have said, it is a great sadness when one whom you have loved meets a sudden and unexpected end. It is not so long since my own three sons were twenty-four (now all in their thirties), but the one who is gone is never forgotten.

Reading a daily Bible reading some time ago, the subject was on favourite children. One person was trying to get the mother of a large family to reveal which was her favourite child. Her reply was a classic statement of tact and love: “The one who is away until he gets home, and the one who is sick until he is better.”

They are all our favourites at some stage, for a short time.

Farewell to Any, a loved daughter (although I never met her), and fellow graduate, and sincere sympathy to her parents and family.


To lose a child when you have loved her for so long must be the most awful of things to happen in your life. Although I never met Amy, I am a father myself and can imagine how I would feel if one of my children was taken like that. My thoughts are with her family.

John Howley

Very sorry to hear the sad news that Amy was taken so young, it makes you realise just how much time you have left.

We should all try and live each day of our lives as though it was our last.

Grasp every opportunity as and when it comes up. With my deepest thoughts.

Rob Hughes
London (UK).

To the Melbourne group,

This makes me realise just how strong that common bond is, as I never knew Amy, but still feel so sad. I am sure all in the London support group will be touched and our thoughts go to all those close to her.

Julian Evans
(from London, the UK support group)

That’s why I enjoy life to the full and utilise every second of every day. There is SO much that I wish to undertake in my remaining years. Unlike many on this forum, I did not discover the McGuire Programme at an early age. Without being morbid, I fully recognise that I have less time at my disposal.

If there is something in life that you really want to do – then I urge you not to procrastinate. When I receive the final calling, I am determined that my final words will not be, “If only…” or “I wish I’d…….”.

My thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends at this sad time.

Kindest regards


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