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  • A Year of Magical Thinking book
    Family, Loss

    Three months on and some magical thinking

    Yesterday was some strange kind of anniversary. It marked three months since my husband died. Three months – where has that gone? Who would have thought I would have survived three…

  • Rog and Flo at the hospice
    Family, Loss

    Hospice care and giving back

    My husband Roger spent around three months at our local hospice before he passed away in July. As I wrote at the time, when the word hospice was first mentioned to…

  • Flowers in a spotty vase
    Family, Loss

    On the Laziness of Grief

    “And no one ever told me about the laziness of grief.” – C.S. Lewis Grief has hit me in many ways, but the one I was least prepared for is the…

  • Balloons ready to go into the sky
    Family, Loss

    Setting balloons free for daddy

    Although I had been dreading the day of my husband’s funeral, by the end of the day I felt we had really made it as good as it possibly could be,…

  • Funeral flowers
    Family, Loss

    Gone, but never forgotten

    Monday was the day of Roger’s funeral and despite worrying about how it would go, what I would say, whether I would be able to speak (or even stand), it went…

  • Memory tree
    Family, Loss

    A Memory Tree

    Before I start to write I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent their love to me and my family this week. I’ve been inundated…

  • Rog and Sam
    Family, Loss

    Sad news

    It is with such great sadness that I’m writing this post today. I’ll keep it brief because I don’t really feel like I have the words to describe what a tremendous…

  • Roger in France
    Family, Loss

    Happy smiles and holidays

    Recently I’ve shared a few family photographs which were taken while my husband Roger was at home on breaks from the hospice. They are pretty much the only pictures we have…

  • Courage, dear heart quote
    Family, Loss

    The best and worst times

    Monday morning has rolled around again and I have the sense of impending doom that comes with my regular reality check – today’s the day I have to take my husband…

  • Where do we go book
    Family, Loss

    Where Do We Go When We Disappear?

    I love buying and reading new books to the kids, but I have a few tucked away in my wardrobe which I read once and couldn’t bear to open again. These…

  • Family, Loss

    Interesting vs Ordinary

    Bank holiday weekend was supposed to be another chance for us to spend time at home as a family, but sadly my husband is having to stay at the hospice as…

  • Family, Loss

    Sharing our story, love and support

       I’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read, commented on and shared my blog this week, mainly because our story has appeared in several…