April 17, 2010
My mother's life ended when she took an overdose of sleeping tablets and fell asleep while smoking. Unfortunately, although my father was working, my siblings and I were in the house. Neighbours assisted as I raised the alarm. I watched in horror as the house became a raging inferno knowing my mother was still trapped inside. Looking back now I take consolation that having taken an extremely large overdose I doubt she would have felt anything, but I didn't know that at the time. For years to come, the smell of smoke provoked panic.