A Sad Day

10 April 2011

Today, 9th April, my mother died in Harrogate. With both her daughters there and the most wonderful nursing care you could imagine.

She was 90 and in good health until very recently so didn’t suffer a long and painful illness.

When I return to Australia, I’ll post some pictures of her (so you can see what I’ll look likee when I’m 90!)


  1. Sally, I’m sorry for your loss. Even at 90, it’s too early to go. It was good both you and your sister could be with her.
    My thoughts are with you
    Deb (Stennas)

  2. Sally, I’m sorry to read about your mother’s death. But glad (although that seems the wrong word) that you both could be with her and that she had only a short illness and excellent care. Hope you are doing ok and looking after yourself.

  3. How wonderful that you and your sister could be there with her at the end. Sending you my deepest heartfelt condolences.

    And a small part of me is saying “Wow! 90!” Was indeed a good innings.

  4. It’s never easy when a family member dies but it would have been much worse if you hadn’t been there. I am pleased for her that she didn’t suffer. My sympathy to you and your family.

  5. My deepest sympathies to you and your sister. I’m glad you were both there with your mother. No doubt she was glad to have you there as well.

  6. I’m so sorry, Sally. I’m glad you were able to be with her.

  7. My thoughts are with you.

  8. Sending love, hugs and my sympathies to you and your family. xo

  9. Sally – so sorry to hear about your mother – our thoughts are with you and your sister at the moment – sending lots of love and hugs

  10. Sally, my since condolences for you at this time. Having lost my dad last year I think I understand the pain you must be feeling. It was good that you were both able to be there at that time.

    Take care.

  11. My deepest sympathies to you and your family Sally xx

  12. Condolences – thinking of you…

  13. My condolences to you and your family.
    May the memories and love you share help you through this time and offer you solace and support in the future.
    Common words are all I can offer, but my heart goes out to you.
    Travel safe and blessings be.

  14. I’m sorry for your loss Sally – it must be some comfort that you at least had warning and were there.

    I remember alan’s dad passing away in ireland and it was such a shock, they had to wait for us. we put off visiting for too many years, and suddenly it was too late. so glad that didn’t happen to you.

  15. Really sad you didn’t have longer with your mum but at least you did manage to get there in time. Big hugs to you and your sister. xoxo

  16. Big hugs. I am so glad you were there.

  17. I’m very sorry for your loss. My all your good memories be a comfort to you.

  18. Gosh, Sally & Judith I am very sorry for your loss and that we cannot be with you in person at this time but will remember you mother fondly as she was a really lovely person

  19. My heartfelt condolences Sally. I hope that your grief can be balanced with the joyous memories of her great life and legacy.


  20. What a wonderful way to go! 90 years old and surrounded by your family and loving care. We look forward to seeing you again, safe journey.

  21. I’m so sorry, Sally. Thinking of your and your family.

  22. Oh Sally, I’m so so sorry. I’m very glad you got there in time. BIG HUGS.

  23. Sally, so sorry to hear. But wow, 90!! Glad to hear that you got to be with her.

  24. Sally, I’m so sad to read of your mother’s death. How fortunate you went to the UK when you did so you could share this last time with her. I think becoming the ‘senior’ within your family’s generations is a big thing. Look after yourself.

  25. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I will miss hearing your reparte with David at the Easter show this year.

  26. I am very sorry to hear about your mum. I hope that my kids are with me when I die in my bed as a very very old lady. xxx

  27. Sally, my condolences on your loss. I learned about your Mother’s passing on David’s podcast. I will miss hearing you and David talk about the Easter show and will look forward to hearing you next year. In the meantime, peace to you and your family.

  28. Sally,
    I am sorry for your loss. I learned about your mother’s illness through Sticks & String, and came here to see how she was doing. While I am sorry to miss your comments on the Easter Show, I am happy that you were able to make it to England in time to see your mom before she passed away. 90 is an inspiring milestone.

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