My letter to The Guardian Weekend Magazine

I wrote
”After reading Tim’s Journal followed by Liz’s Experience and then turning to look at a photograph of my beautiful daughter,Rosie, who died on the 21st December 2008 , aged just 19 , of streptococcal septicaemia – I did not know whether to punch Tim, hug Liz or throw myself off a ( virtual ) cliff .
Does anyone actually edit this magazine ?”

and Melissa replied

”Hi Rachel

I’m very sorry to hear that you were upset, and for your loss. Do you think neither story should have run? We do welcome reader feedback.


Melissa (editor)”

to which I replied

”Dear Melissa,

My daughter Rosie , suffered the same symptoms as both Tim and Liz .

Tim’s turned out to be a virus .Rosie and Liz’s turned out to be something far far far worse .

I just think it was stupid and insensitive to print both articles in the same edition ( a few pages apart ) .Tim’s is topical article ,but Liz’s ( which is far more important , personal and sensitive ) article need not have been printed that week .

Thank-you for replying- it means a lot

Rachel ”

and after all that she never printed the letter !

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