I was speaking to a grandparent today who is so consumed by the grief of not having her grandchildren in her life, she can’t hear the birds, she can’t see the lush,green grass, smell the flowers or even feel the sun on her face.

Another grandparent who says her life is no longer worth living that she doesn’t want to go on.

Why is it necessary for this to keep happening, why do family members hurt each other to this extent?

I know I keep on saying we have to look at the positives in our lives, to notice all that is good but when someone is feeling this desperate they really can’t see anything to hang on to.

It is vital that anyone who is in this spiral of darkness seeks help, go to your GP, go to counselling, talk to someone.

It is at times like this that I feel so helpless, how can I say things will get better, when at this particular moment in time for that individual they can see no future.

All I can do is to be here, to be ready to talk, be ready to support even if it does seem as though it is not enough.

I hope and pray that everyone who is in this very bleak place at this moment in time, soon will hear the birds, smell the flowers and feel the sun on your face.

Jane