One to One - 28/08/2012
Paddy O'Connell explores the effect of great emotional upheaval on family life. Chantal was widowed in 1995 and left to bring up three children alone.
Paddy O'Connell has taken over the One to One interviewer's microphone to explore a subject that reflects his own experience: the effect of great emotional upheaval on family life. When Paddy was 11 his father died which, of course, meant that his mother was widowed.
In the first of three programmes, Paddy meets Chantal who was widowed in 1995 and left to bring up three children alone. They discuss the initial reactions; the process of gradually moving on with your life; when - if ever - is it the right time to remove your wedding rings; and - if you do meet someone new - what role does the memory of your first partner play in your new relationship.
Next week Paddy meets the former Children's Commissioner, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, whose decision to become a doctor was directly linked to the experience, at the age of 10, of losing his father.
Producer: Karen Gregor.
- Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9:30AM Tue, 28 Aug 2012
- Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
- First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9:30AM Tue, 28 Aug 2012
- Duration 15 minutes