I wish I could have spared my mother those final years

I wish I could have spared my mother those final years

‘Soon after she turned 90, my mother began to fall and break bones’ Photo: Alamy

Neil Lyndon’s mother was a ‘tough old bird’, healthy well into her ninth decade. But when the end came, he felt powerless to ease her suffering.

“Can you see me, Mum?” I was sitting in the armchair in her room at the nursing home, about 10 feet from the bed in which she lay. “No,” she answered.

I got out of the chair and advanced half-way towards her.  “Can you see me now?”

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