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5.0 out of 5 stars
In the midst of life by Jennifer Worth., 4 Jan 2011
I empathised with the author's feelings about the end of life, especially of her experience and feelings about her granddad's death, which were similar to my own. Aged 84, a retired farmer, but still working part time as a shepherd on a neighbouring farm, my granddad was suddenly brought low by a stroke, which robbed him of the use of his legs. He was living with us and I was about twelve and felt that it was cruel that such an active man should be so stricken, and later, when he had difficulty with his speech, I was so full of pity for him that he could not communicate with us properly. I shall never forget the night when my uncle, who had been keeping vigil by his bedside, came into my parents' bedroom and said, "He's gone". The relief that I felt was wonderful and when I looked at his face in death it was so peaceful. Since then I have had no fear of death. I hope that those who read "In the Midst of Life" will also be reassured that death comes as a friend in old age.