• A moment that changed me: ‘My mother taught me to face impossible tasks - and so I carried the coffin at her funeral'

    1 month ago - By The Guardian

    From an early age, she encouraged me to be strong, physically and mentally. Those gifts helped me through the day we buried her My mum was a PE teacher and coach. One of her early gifts was to help me feel like a physically capable female. For the couple of years before she died, my body had taken a battering, with illness and major surgery, then pregnancy and the aftermath, so I wasn't feeling at all hale. Carrying a coffin is not something a woman necessarily plans to do - usually men perform this task; assumed to be stronger bearers. It's a frightening, demanding duty.
    But I wanted to...
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