We had a call on Sunday morning to say her breathing was laboured and she wasn't responding. GP said she was 'very poorly' although there were no obvious signs of infection, and he gave her a day or two. Knowing how very strong she is I had thought it might well go on longer and it was such a worry, since the whole family is going to be away very soon for one week plus, for daughter's big wedding do in France. But thankfully it was not to be - she died yesterday afternoon and one of us was with her the whole time, not that she seemed to be aware of anything or anyone at all. Brother and sister and BiL have been staying the past 2 nights. Although it is always very sad to lose a parent, she was in such a bad way, poor old thing, that none of us could really have wished for her to go on any longer. One lovely thing, brother was going through her papers last night, and he found a really lovely letter to us all, evidently to be read after her death, but she must have written it around 20 years ago. It was our pre-dementia mother talking, and it was as if she was there again, just as she was before. I shall still be popping in here now and then, and wishing you all the very best on this awful journey. Ours has lasted over 15 years - she was 97 last month. We phoned her lovely ex cleaning lady last night, who had become more of a very good friend to her than anything, and she said, 'I'm sorry, but I'm not,' which we thought was a good way of putting it. xx to all.