Elisabeth Sladen 1948-2011
I think that Colin Baker has best summed up my feelings on the sad news regarding the death of the actress Elisabeth Sladen. "Very sad to hear of the death of Lis Sladen. Great sympathy for her husband and daughter. She was far too young to be lost to them."
I know how hard it is when someone dies at such a relatively young age, my brother David being only 51 when he died.
He died only a year after my younger brother and so we, inevitably, had discussions about our own mortality and funerals, althoough we had no inkling of how little time he had left.
He said something like "I don't worry about myself, it is the ones left behind who I feel sorry for"
It is a cliche but true, that, although I think of my brother every day, the grief, the sense of disbelief, eventually do give way to the memories he left behind.
Setting up the Cottage was a way of processing the shock and I am glad that it is bringing enjoyment to so many people - especially the children.
Apart from her family and friends this must be a particularly difficult time for children who have grown to love Sarah Jane in her current adventures on CBBC.