Its good to be back after such a long time. My last posting was in 2012 which was the most difficult year for me as my mother's dementia was progressing very fast with her death in November the same year. The forum provided me with the safest place to vent out my frustration and share the emotional pain that had taken over my life resulting in severe depression. I am glad to be back, refreshed and happy to share with members how I dealt with my loss. I have become an advocate for people living with dementia in my country, South Africa and this has helped me to deal with the loss of my mother to the illness. I now have a dementia charity in Durban which is raising awareness of dementia in our African community, screen for dementia and offer psycho education to family members. I manage most of the work from the UK with a small number of volunteers in Durban South Africa that we offer continuous training. This has been the best thing that I have done since my last posting as this project has contributed to my healing. Helping other family members who are going through this difficult journey and seeing the difference I have made in the lives is the best give I could ever receive. My mother's death was never in vain. I am sure she is smiling up there!