Jeremy and Helena Tym
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Deceased soldier's mother describes 'physical grief'

11 July 2012 Last updated at 15:14 BST

A mother whose son was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has spoken about the way her grief has manifested itself as a physical pain which never leaves her.

Helena Tym's son, soldier Rfn Cyrus Thatcher, died in June 2009. She told BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine that grief is "like a burning pain, which reaches up from your toes and strangles everything as it creeps upwards".

Helena has now written a book in memory of her son called Chin Up, Head Down - A Mother's Journey of Madness and Grief.

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