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Goodbye to All This, Chapter five: The crowded goodbye – BBC World Service podcast

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“He was covered in flowers and looked so peaceful.” The children put them in his hair and all around him. They stroked his head and kissed him.

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“It was as though he could see Sophie and the girls were surrounded by lots of love. And he was surrounded by love. And perhaps Russell felt it was a safe time to go.”

In mid-2011, Sophie’s husband is diagnosed with lung cancer. She cares for him with the support of her family and friends until his death in February the following year. Since then, she has raised her girls alone, rising to new challenges, making lots of mistakes, and finding a new place in the world.

This is a story about life, love and loss. A memoir by Sophie Townsend.

A Falling Tree production for the BBC World Service.

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Video produced by Stephanie Constantine and D8.

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