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  • Published: 15 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409034728
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

One Last Goodbye

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.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409034728
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Kay Gilderdale

Kay was born in Dublin in 1954. The youngest of ten, all she'd ever wanted was a family of her own. After leaving school, she trained as a nurse and went on to have two much-longed-for children, Stephen and Lynn, with her then husband Richard.

Kay now lives alone in East Sussex and is a proud grandmother of two. Kay is a dedicated supporter of The 25% ME Group. The charity exists to support those who have the most severe forms of ME and the people who care for them.


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