The family had some very sad news last week. One of my mum's sisters, my Aunt Barbara (and cousin Amy's mum) died very suddenly and unexpectedly. She was a young 70, and a very fit and healthy woman. It's been a terrible shock for us all, as we are a very close family.
Mum flew over for the funeral to Toronto, where my Aunt and Uncle have been living. I desperately wanted to go too, but mum did not want me to go in my present circumstances and she thought Lauren would find it quite difficult on a 7 hour flight.
So the family said a sad goodbye to my Aunt on Saturday, on the eve of the New Year. We will all miss her terribly, and even now can hardly believe that she was taken from us so suddenly.