Hi, Sad to say that mum passed away on 18th August 2012. We as a family can only hope that she was was not in any pain. We would like to be able say that the end was peaceful, but unfortunately with this awful disease, final complications made for a very stressful ending for the hospice and my sisters and me. They were absolutely there for us and made sure they did all they possibly could to make our farewell as dignified and peaceful as it could have been. People since have been amazing. Once we let the funeral people take over, with care and consideration we were allowed to plan and say goodbye to mum. Her life celebration was lovely, all her children wrote a piece for her eulogy, we kept it honest, real and funny. A friend of the family read on our behalf, I like to think that mum would have been proud of her family on the day. We have now separated and all gone home, but still spending time trying to come to terms with the sheer speed and brutality of the disease and how ill mum became in such a short space of time. Early days for us as a family, but would have to say that my sisters were all fantastic, I do not know how I could have coped without them. What a shocking way to bond with your sisters as mature adults. But we came together at a time when it absolute mattered the most and we all have memories of this time. Some not all bad, some warm, others funny, but never at one time did we feel alone. Thank you all for your comments it was really comforting to hear and read your stories. Regards, Julie x
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