Memorialisation

Today’s Dying Matters theme is memorialisation If you look it up in the dictionary it says memorialisation is “a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something”. For me the word conjures up images of gravestones, flower holders, cremation urns, and stones etched...

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Memories and Holidays

Holidays are extended periods of leisure and recreation, especially spent away from home or travelling. In my 54 years I have had many holidays, I can recall holidays as a young child at Great Yarmouth with family and my trip earlier this year bought back so many...

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Thank You Cards

Its bright early spring afternoon, the sun is shining, and a lady called Audrey who 87 years old has just finished planting primulas in her garden, earlier in the day she drove to the supermarket to do her weekly shop and went down to the local pharmacy to drop off...

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(A Taste of) …… Home

It seems appropriate to be writing this tonight after eating beef Tacos with salsa and chilli sauce, it’s only the second time I have eaten that firm favourite in the last five years. Even though it’s super spicy and very tasty, I still don’t really enjoy it....

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Moon Chair

  Moon Chair   We all have a favourite place to sit when we relax, to read a book, watch TV, enjoy a glass of something alcoholic or to eat those forbidden little treats. Its usually an armchair, a place on the sofa, a place where a little indentation has formed in...

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Reflection

Pancreatic cancer awareness month in November is always a hectic time. There is much activity for me it’s busy, busy, busy, but that’s the way I like things to be.   It’s also a time when memories surface and reflection is the natural reaction.   Reflection can be...

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Extraordinary

It’s a word that you don’t use every day. It means very unusual or remarkable and that’s maybe why we don’t use it all the time. Maybe there really isn’t the need to use extraordinary very often, maybe there aren’t many unusual or remarkable things. Last week I spent...

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Stigma and Insight

On Friday afternoon I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly in a dark, frightening and very uncomfortable place. I was back June 2014 in a supermarket standing before a huge great black chasm. I couldn’t move, I was fixed to the spot, shaking, shivering, sweating,...

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A Brown Trainer Box

There has been a brown trainer box sitting on a shelf for the last four years. A box that once contained, a pair of size 9 Merrell trainers that belonged to Seth.I have often looked at the box. I have imaged I had just bought the trainers for Seth and that I was going...

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