In the way that I try to provide support to my own mother, my daughter does the same for me. Do any of us really want to be a burden to the next generation? Of course not. So I have to remember that when I am biting my tongue. It is so strange how one’s role changes as life progresses. My own child is grown and independent but my mother has slipped almost without notice into her place. The loss of a life partner is undeniably one of the most difficult stages in anyone’s life.