Today Mum’s husband mentioned that he was thinking of visiting the funeral director. Some would find this strange and even cold, because you see Mum is still with us, physically that is, if not mentally. I have to confess thoughts of funerals have been going through my head and I am glad that he mentioned it because it is all a matter of coming to terms and being prepared for the worse. Mum’s decline has accelerated in the last few months and she entered a nursing home in June. She settled in well. It was as if she had never been anywhere else and she spent most of her day wandering around the home. All was well until she had a fall nearly 4 weeks ago and broke her hip. The operation went well and she returned to the nursing home after 12 days only to get a stomach bug. We thought her life was in the balance twice in the last month, but her 5 stone 10lb body is strong, if not her mind. She seems to have recovered, though is not yet mobile. So sad, as she loved walking. It is horrible to see how she has declined. A ghost in her body. We really do not know what is going to happen next, or when. What sort of viruses will be going around the home; will she walk, only to fall and break something again? It’s good to be prepared, yet, is this premature? Maybe, maybe not. A common question on this forum is how long will it be? Who can tell? It is like being bereaved over and over again.