I’m beginning to write this post exactly 48 hours after I received a shocking phone call. Barry and I had just left Areandare and were walking to the River Douglas to check it out before we went through Tarleton Lock at 10am on Tuesday morning, for our planned Ribble Link crossing.
From an unknown number, which I sometimes ignore – fortunately this time I chose to answer. It was a mobile number. A calm and kindly male voice was at the other end. His name was Edward. A paramedic. He ascertained who I was, and then broke the devastating news to me that my darling mum had been found dead at home by her evening carer.
This afternoon we heard from the Coroner that mum had had a massive heart attack. She wouldn’t have known anything. A peaceful death, at home, surrounded by the spirit of her best friend and husband of almost 60 years, who died in February 2015.
This is a short post to update you all. I’m really grateful for all your messages and wanted you to know what the devastating news was and not keep you in suspense. You can appreciate it wasn’t appropriate to divulge the reason until now.
We’ve re-booked the Ribble Link for Sunday 27th May. In the meantime there’s lots to process and arrange. And I dearly wish to write a tribute post to my darling mum in the near future, when I feel able to. How fortunate myself and my three sisters and all our respective families have been to have this wonderful wahine (woman) in our lives for such a great length of time.