Positive News founder passes away

Seán Dagan Wood

Shauna Crockett-Burrows, founder of the world’s first positive newspaper has died

It is with great regret that we announce that our founder, Shauna Crockett-Burrows, has passed away.

A month short of her 82nd birthday – and having been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May – Shauna died on 3 May in Shropshire, where she had been living during the past 17 years.

Shauna lived an extraordinary life and continued to work with Positive News, to which she was completely dedicated, right until the very end. She will be greatly missed by her family, her friends, her wide network of colleagues working for positive change in the world, and by myself and the rest of the team at Positive News.

The vast impact she had on the world is hard to measure. The ripples of inspiration from every single article she published, in the two decades in which she led Positive News, continue to spread. With each issue that she printed, people’s perspectives shifted, their conversations changed, new initiatives were inspired, and our idea of what kind of world was possible, expanded.

Although Shauna had progressively handed-over control of the paper during the past couple of years, the absence of her vibrant presence at Positive News will be acutely felt. As Positive News moves into its next phase, we will continue to hold her ethos of service, co-operation and love, at the heart of what we do.

If you would like to offer any messages or tributes, I welcome you to email, or you can comment below. Please indicate if you wish us to consider your tribute for publication.

If you would like to offer a donation in Shauna’s memory, to support the ongoing work of Positive News, please donate here: www.positive.news/donate

A full obituary will be published in due course.


Photo title: Shauna Crockett-Burrows, founder of Positive News

Photo credit: © Asha Centre

  • Lobma thundrup

    We have lost another person of the highest calibre in Shauna Crockett-Burrows. If only the people who run our national papers had some of Shauna’s integrity, vision and humility. PN has always stood for decency and an unwillingness to criticise or judge. That is one of the main reasons I have taken it. It is a breath of fresh air amoungst the slime, gossip, prejudice and down right nastiness that represents so much of the media.

    In Positive News, she founded a paper which is a light amongst the darkness, with its energetic and vibrant reporting on all that is good and positive in the world

    For all of the above we have Shauna to thank.

    Lobma Thundrup

    Yes do publish this if you wish to

  • Graham Boston

    Through her dedication, determination and energy, well beyond the age when most of us would have put our feet up and retired, Shauna has helped spread light and hope across the world.

    It was a privilege to meet her and I know that having laid such strong foundations, Positive News will continue to develop, a fitting testament to a great woman.

    Graham Boston

  • Simon Ranger

    Onward and upward, Shauna, you have left us a fine and shining light and what an example!
    Thank you and God bless you. We will continue to support the work you began and so brilliantly and courageously brought into being.

    Simon Ranger

  • Emily Burridge

    Shauna was an individual who held aloft a torch illuminated by her extraordinary drive and determination. As an editor and journalist she determined to create a space in the world for positive news stories and in doing this encouraged individuals and groups to contribute towards positive activities in this world.
    Much loved and much revered
    She was a wise elder of our time
    An honour to have been a friend

  • Judy Young

    Dear Shauna. Thankyou for your dedication and drive to spread good news and hope. You will always be an inspiration.

    I treasure the times we shared together and the many happy hours spent in your magical garden.

    Well done Shauna. xx

  • Michael Phillips

    Dear Shauna,

    I’m searching for a few words for you: determined (sometimes stubborn), generous (stubbornly so), visionary (prepared to stand stubbornly against prevailing dogma). In your gentle way you were formidably caring of your friends, and the planet. I feel honoured to have known you and worked with you. You will stay, stubbornly, in my memory and heart as a good and kind person. An inspiration.

    (do publish if you like)

  • Pam Evans

    Dear Sean,

    I e-mailed Shauna a few days ago and copied you in. Having not received a reply I now know why.

    I am so sad to hear of dear Shauna’s passing. What a loss to the world!

    I will keep fond memories of wonderful chats we shared over the phone, the lovely articles on Peace Mala she published over the years and her attendance, along with yourself, to the Peace Mala International Awards for Youth in Cardiff a few years ago.

    Shauna was inspirational, creative and and passionate about bringing good news to the planet. She once told me that someone made a comment about Positive News as being subversive. I laughed and said, “Much the same has somtimes been said to me about Peace Mala. I guess we are a pair of old ‘trouble makers’ who simply want to see a more compassionate world.”

    Please do include my words in your tributes.

    With my love and prayers for Shauna and alll the team at Positive News. Be sure to keep up Shauna’s good work! I’m sure she’ll be watching you.

    Pam Evans
    Founder of Peace Mala

  • Kay Kay

    Dear Sean, Jane and team,

    Although, sadly, Shauna is no longer with us in person, the light she kindled in the world will now never go out. Through her extraordinary commitment and dedication to seek and share positive news Shauna has supported many people to shine their light, which has then inspired so many more of us.

    During all the informative events at which she and I met over the last 20 years it was exciting to realize how many people that information would reach because of her work.

    I wish you well in your endeavors to help us all to keep on keeping on and in raising the importance of positivity.

    Kay Kay

  • Shauna will be missed but the inspiration she gave will carry on.

  • Stu

    At every turn there are many voices clamouring for our attention, persuading us to give up hope, to take up arms, to seek self over the other, to consume and degrade and belittle and worry and despair. Positive News is one of the voices, articulate and honest and insistent, that swims against that tide – that gives hope, seeks the good of all, enlivening and empowering and reminding us that there is something inexpressibly beautiful at the heart of life, and encouraging us to live it. Dear Shauna – thank you for all you’ve blessed us with, and may the seeds you’ve sown, and those sown by those who share your heart, bear the most abundant fruit.

  • charles middleton

    Dear Shauna was such a wonderful supporter of Triodos and much loved by all here who knew her. She will be much missed but not forgotten.
    MD Triodos UK

  • romany buck

    dearest positive news, thank you for all your great inspirations, ideas, solutions, clarity, wisdom……and so on!
    phew! shauna’s moving upward and onward seems quite a shock as her presence is such a perennial quality…..all i can say is she’s infinitly holding you and us all in some extraordinary healing and beautiful influence…..watch this space……things are going to have an exponential expansion……wheee!
    blessings and lots of love and strength to you all.

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  • Priyali Ghosh

    To all the Positive News team,

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Shauna Crockett-Burrows in person but I have been a committed reader and supporter of your work for several years now.

    Thank you all for the energy, hope, commitment and balance with which you pursue your work – in a sense I met Shauna through the vision that she and you share with the world. And what an important and necessary vision it is.

    I am sure that Shauna’s legacy will only go from strength to strength.

    Please do publish this if you would like to.


    Calcutta, India

    12 June 2012

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