Sometimes only a mother's love can help end the pain
A powerful memoir about how a loving mother helped her precious daughter die.
Watching her child die is the hardest thing a mother can ever do. But for Kay Gilderdale, saying a final goodbye to her only daughter Lynn was exceptionally painful: she'd played a part in her death.
Lynn was just 14 when she was struck down by the chronic fatigue disease ME, leaving her paralysed and in constant agony. Over the next 17 years, she became increasingly desperate to die. Every day she begged her mum to make it end.
So, one night, when Kay found Lynn attempting suicide, she decided she couldn't watch her precious daughter suffer anymore and helped her take a lethal cocktail of drugs.
But while Lynn was finally free, her mother faced a fresh agony – a lifetime behind bars. The highly-controversial trial that followed opened a fierce public debate. Was it murder or mercy?
Here, in her heartbreaking story, Kay reveals the harrowing truth behind the headlines and the desperate lengths a mother will go to for the love of a child.