Share-a-Docu: Dreams of a Life


My daughter doesn’t really do naps anymore, unless she has an early start.  Yesterday she woke up really early, by twelve mid-day she was asleep, I joined her.  Dear readers, it was a blissful long nap.  The only downside was, she was as lively as the energizer bunny.  By nine pm she was still going, going, going – I gave up and brought her down and ended up watching this really sad and moving documentary on TV.  T fell asleep on the couch.


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Dreams of a Life is about Joyce Carol Vincent, a 38 year old Londoner whose body was found decomposing after three years in her flat with the TV still on.  Beside her body were wrapped Christmas presents.  It was said that she died of natural causes.  How this woman died, alone and not found for three years is mind-boggling.  The only reason why she was found was because of unpaid rent bills amounting to about two thousand pounds (why the landlord allowed it to pile up is in itself astonishing).  What about her electricity bills and other bills?  These are just a few of the questions the film was hoping to answer.

It’s sad really and what makes it even more heartbreaking is that it happened to a real woman, not just a fictitious character in a book or movie.  She was real.  If you have the chance to watch it, do so.  And then, if you know of a friend or family who is alone, far from family and friends, call them up, get in touch, and make sure that they know you’re there for them.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.

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