“His death is nothing like the worst thing. The worst thing is now.” Sophie is struggling after Russell’s death. Everyone is trying to help, but is saying the wrong thing – except one person, who knows what it’s like because his wife has died.
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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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