Edith Pearce went out of the house, suffered a massive stroke and collapsed in the street. She was rushed to hospital, where she remained in a coma for a few days, before dying on Mother's Day.
It's always terrible to lose someone you love, but to be reminded of it so starkly each year on a day when all other mothers seem so happy, seemed a bit cruel.
Should we buy our mum a card? Should we celebrate? Did we get her a present?
It was always difficult. We kids (there are four of us) would each get her a card. never anything with a joke. Always something with a beautiful, heartfelt message inside and usually some flowers. Then mum would take a sample of those flowers from her own bouquets and take them to the cemetery to honour her own mother.
It's been over thirty years since my Nan died, but her loss is always felt so poignantly on this day, more than any other. She was a lovely Nan.
This year, I bought my mum some chocolates. Some posh ones and once again sent her a beautiful card with some lovely words inside. My own children also bought me chocolates and when they handed me the card and I read the words, I wondered what my Nan would have thought to the great gran-children she never got to meet.
I think she would have been proud.