Rumer is the performing name of Sarah Joyce, (Rumer comes from the authoress Rumer Godden). After a difficult period in her life nursing her dying cancer-stricken mother, Sarah has found happiness both professionally by being able to pursue music as a career and personally by falling in love with Sam Winwood, nephew of musician Steve Winwood.
The singer explained in an interview with The Daily Mail how in this uplifting song she found herself unconsciously reflecting on her late mum. "I am just so lucky. I wrote a song on my album called 'Thankful' in which each verse is like a poem about the four seasons. And what is odd about that song is that when I was writing it I kept singing the words 'the forest of angels' and I thought, 'Why am I singing that?' And then I realised that my mother had a woodland burial where each person is marked by a tree, and in the final verse – in winter – I am standing at my mother's grave and it is literally that, a forest of angels. I do believe in angels, I do believe that she is still here, I just sometimes really miss her."