Sunday 25 February 2018

Miriam Donohoe: When she turns off lights tonight, brave widow can begin to mourn

CAROLINE Donohoe will today start the long, lonely process of grieving for her beloved husband, Adrian. The days since the brutal gunning down of the 41-year-old detective garda in cold blood must be a blur. She has been carried through the past week with the support, love and sympathy of an entire nation.

Now that his funeral is over and the initial wave of revulsion at his murder has passed, Caroline will begin to get the space to come to terms with her unbearable loss. Her priority will be her two children, Amy (7) and Niall (6), who have lost an adoring father.

There is nothing that can be said to lessen the burden of Caroline's grief. Words will be of little comfort to her. When her door closes and she switches off her light tonight, and every night for many months and years to come, she will be on her own.

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