Over the last 16 months I've been surprised and helped by the simple kindness of strangers and acquaintances.
Often family and friends want to help but have upset me by trying to "fix things ". They don't like it because I don't " fit " their solutions.
Some of the people who've helped me most are-
A generous vicar allowing me to put a memorial stone in a churchyard we love, despite not being parishioners.
A stonemason for his gentle and considerate guidance in choosing a suitable memorial.
2 church wardens so kind and helpful.
A lovely lay reader who listened to me about the service I wanted.
3 acquaintances who've gone out of their way to " knock on my door " to make sure I'm okay.
A good friend who has supported me from day one despite having her own serious problems.
Somebody on this forum who is suffering badly himself but always supports me.
An elderly neighbour, who has died suddenly, but has been so kind and caring to me.
A neighbour who has spent time and effort on a much needed job that I couldn't tackle.
A member of a parish council for his help with a memorial plaque.
Most of these people were strangers to me 16 months ago but they have all been so kind and considerate.
At the worst time of my life they have helped me keep going. THANK YOU!