Eoghan Harris: Remembering a mentor and great friend of 40 years
Published 04/09/2011 | 05:00
Patricia Redlich, my friend of 40 years who died last week, was the kind of woman who would come back to haunt me if I said she "passed". She hated euphemism or any evasion of truth. She loved life but never hid its hard side from herself. She agreed with Iris Murdoch that "anything that consoles is fake".
Like all of us, she lived two lives, private and public. Her husband Val Rossiter spoke about the personal side at the funeral service in the beautiful Island Crematorium in Cork Harbour -- including some of her funnier foibles such as her scepticism about the safety of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Her public persona was known to thousands through her work as a clinical psychologist, a pioneer broadcaster on parenting, and particularly through her counselling columns with the Sunday Independent which helped thousands in travail and saved many despairing souls from suicide.