At first it wasn’t clear whether her health would continue its rapid deterioration or plateau, so there was a good deal of trying to get systems in place to enable her to continue living by herself, in her own home in Addingham, West Yorkshire, as independently as possible.
To supplement the care her own family could provide, she had up to four visits a day from nurses and care assistants from the Airedale Collaborative Care Team (ACCT), an NHS agency whose staff recorded daily observations on her health. Grandma was a pretty extraordinary woman: idiosyncratic, plain-spoken, down to earth and pithy. She wanted to ask questions about how Grandma had died, which we dealt with easily enough.
'What,” Grandma wanted to know, “did you wear to that dinner you were at last night? I’m writing this piece in the hope that anyone reading it who may be caring for a terminally ill friend or relative who is expected to die at home can avoid falling into the same trap.
Mum and I were beside her, and in those last few days she’d been surrounded by friends and family, with life going on all around her. What we didn’t realise was that a single piece of bureaucracy would transform the time in the immediate aftermath of her death from one of private adjustment into a distressing wrangle for which neither of us had the emotional budget.
Note: This pilot movie has different actors (except for the children and Grandma Walton) from the series.
The cast includes: Patricia Neal as Olivia, Edgar Bergen as Grandpa, William Windom as Charlie Snead, Woodrow Parfrey as Ike Godsey, and Cleavon Little as Hawthorne Dooley.
My great-grandmother, Josephine, or as we call her, Granny, was born in Carlsbad, Austria on July 30, 1917, a woman destined to impress.
From the moment she stepped foot in America at age 13, she has been observing the nature of society, creating memories and warm experiences with everyone she encounters, and she continues to grow with the passage of time.
Most recently, Fletcher has appeared in a recurring role on the Showtime television series Shameless in 20, as Frank Gallagher's foul-mouthed and hard-living mother who is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter.
She became only the third actress to win an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for a single performance, after Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli.
Other notable film roles include Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Brainstorm (1983), Firestarter (1984), Flowers in the Attic (1987), 2 Days in the Valley (1996), and Cruel Intentions (1999).
But she has another special gift: her way of bringing new light to old ideas by staying current with popular trends that buzz through our society, all the while keeping a smile on her beautiful, barely wrinkled face.
She embraces the past, yet shows her broad and unique sense of style by engaging in pop trends and allowing herself to fully experience everyday things.