Friday, 18 December 2015
Last night I sat holding the hand of a dying woman as she drifted in and out of drug induced sleep. Her son will stay with her until the end, she is at home with friends and family around her. This is the way I would wish to go when the time comes. She has been a friend of my family for many years and always popped around on Christmas Day. Along with my parents, aunts and uncles, she is yet another person whose smiling face will be missing from this years Christmas celebrations. All now memories captured in old photographs.
I'm not a Christmassy person, for me the day is about spending time with family, I realise that I am very lucky to be able to do this, for many it can be a lonely time. I won't be going over the top, there will be presents to open and food to eat and weather permitting our usual walk on the beach. The most important thing is to spend time together. Life is very precious and gone too soon. We hope to leave happy memories for our children and grandchildren. Not by spending huge amounts of money on them, but by spending precious time together. Capturing these times in photos of our loved ones.