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Viv by Anna Holmes. Part Seven

17 November 2017


In her final weeks Viv and I had some tussles or occasions she had to be nudged to accept something that was difficult. 

Viv by Anna Holmes. Part Six

14 November 2017


In my final email to Viv’s List – this time with the subject heading simply ‘Viv’ -  I let people know she had died peacefully and gave details of the funeral arrangements at the social gathering some days later to celebrate her life.  I added:

Viv - by Anna Holmes. Part Two

31 October 2017


"My sister Viv's end of life plan was centred on remaining at home, followed by a do-it-yourself  funeral. Many people worked together, supported by the district nurses, to make that possible."

Viv - by Anna Holmes. Part One

27 October 2017


‘I believe supporting someone who is dying is the biggest gift we can give a loved one.’ These were the words of a district nurse acknowledging my role with my sister.

Chancellor challenged to #BurytheDebt for grieving families

24 October 2017

One in six families are facing debt and distress after arranging a funeral. Vital government help with basic funeral costs was capped at £700 in 2003, far less than the cost of the most basic funeral.

Murder at the Eisteddfod! / Llofruddiaeth yn yr Eisteddfod!

21 August 2017

Murder and unexplained death was the topic of Byw Nawr’s event on the Welsh Government stand at last week’s National Eisteddfod held at Bodedern in Anglesey.

The Eisteddfod is a major event held entirely through the medium of Welsh in a different location in Wales every year and is primarily dedicated to the Welsh language and culture.

Fitzgerald Fiasco

6 July 2017

My family thought chairs were evil.

At least that is what I concluded as a kid – it was how I rationalised their inability to sit down. Four decades later, whilst my siblings and I faffed around in the kitchen of the old family home, my mum cried as illness forced her to occupy a chair.


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