It was a hot night. My wife is 38 and a nurse. Now and then our shifts clash and that is when my sister-in-law will step in to help out with the kids. Her husband is a big earner so she is a lady of leisure. We have three lively children — two sons and a daughter — who all love their aunt.
Her client watched her die of asphyxia - but did nothing to save her. The young woman lying in front of her was her sister Hope - strong, independent and adored by her family and friends. But her life had ended in terrible circumstances at the age of 21 and now Lily needed to prepare her for her final journey. She didn't look peaceful, she didn't look like herself. Then Lily, her mother and grandmother sat by Hope's body attaching safety pins to the lovely material on the coffin so mourners could cover it in their favourite photographs. She was laid to rest in her favourite outfit - Tommy Hilfiger cap and leggings, a top and new trainers. Police were considered charging the year-old with manslaughter - but he killed himself in prison earlier this year after being charged with possessing extreme pornography.