Legendary Australian musician Nick Cave has opened up about the tragic death of his son Arthur, in response to a fan’s question about dealing with grief after losing loved ones.
Arthur Cave, described by his family as a “beautiful, happy, loving boy” died in 2015 after falling from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton, England, leaving behind twin brother Earl.
The fan, named Cynthia, said that she still feels she has some communication with her departed loved ones through her dreams, and asked Cave if he feels the same.
In his response, posted to fan website The Red Hand Files, the singer thanked her for her “beautiful question” and said that he and his family still feel Arthur in their lives.
“I feel the presence of my son, all around, but he may not be there,” he wrote. “I hear him talk to me, parent me, guide me, though he may not be there.”
“He visits Susie in her sleep regularly,” he continued, “speaks to her, comforts her, but he may not be there. Dread grief trails bright phantoms in its wake.”
You can read his letter below:
Nick Cave explored the effect of his son’s death on his acclaimed 2016 album Skeleton Tree, which was accompanied by the release of a documentary, One More Time With Feeling.
He and his relocated to Los Angeles after Arthur’s death, saying they found it too difficult to remain in Brighton and that the change of location represented a “blank slate.”