Author Archives: duncancajones

Three Months and Counting

It’s three months since Mum died. In some ways, it feels like yesterday and in others, a lifetime ago. Even reading that back feels strange but my regular visits to Mum, the singing, the tears, the laughter, seem to belong … Continue reading

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Ta-ra a bit Mum

We said goodbye to Mum yesterday. The sun shone brightly which felt entirely appropriate – the merest glimpse of sunshine was usually enough to have Mum heading for the garden. We were surrounded by people who had loved Mum and … Continue reading

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Feeling Very Dementia Aware

It’s Dementia Awareness Week, a time to shine the spotlight on people living with dementia and those who care for them. And a time to reflect on just how many people are affected by this wicked disease. Normally, I would give … Continue reading

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Sheila Janice Jones 03/02/1937 – 04/05/2017

When I started this blog some six years ago, I knew I’d have to write this post one day. This morning, shortly after midnight, Mum died. After sitting at her bedside for two days, neither my sister nor I were … Continue reading

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This is a first. I’m writing this at Mum’s bedside. She’s comfortable but hasn’t been responsive for 24 hours or so. My sister and I are with her. Neither of us know what day or time it is. Spending so … Continue reading

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The Slow, Sad Goodbye

I can’t count the number of times I’ve set off to see my beloved West Bromwich Albion on Saturday lunchtime and returned, crestfallen, a few hours later. It comes with the territory as a Throstle’s supporter. When I was growing up, … Continue reading

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A Smile is Worth a Dozen Words

“I don’t know what to do.” Little of what Mum says now makes any sense. When she does talk, much of what we hear seem to be made-up words. But there are phrases and sentences which, although they seem to … Continue reading

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