Just wondered if everyone else's conversation goes something like this... RW: How's your mum doing, is she still working at ****? Me: No actually, she's been diagnosed with dementia so she had to finish work as she needs constant care now. RW: Oh, I'm sorry. Well, bye. Now this is someone who had known my mum for twenty odd years and me for eleven!! There's just no good way of having that conversation is there - it ultimately end in an awkward silence and avoidance of eye contact. Has anyone found a better way of having these conversations that doesn't end that way?