Husband publishes journal after losing his wife

A publication written by a local man in memory of his wife has been published to raise funds for Forest Holme Hospice in Poole.

David Thorburn’s ‘Holding Hands In The Dark’ is an honest and open account of what it’s like for a wife and mum of four, with eight grandchildren, living with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Featuring poems, photographs and diary extracts, the publication documents the impact of life with his beloved wife Anita, detailing her physical and emotional journey from initial diagnosis to her passing at Forest Holme in 2017, age 63.

Although David harboured an ambition to write about his experiences, the turmoil of Anita’s death meant he initially struggled to commit anything to paper. However, over the subsequent months, and with encouragement from others, he began to explore and express his feelings about what he describes as the “most profound experience of my life.”

‘Holding Hands In The Dark’ is available from Forest Holme Hospice for £2 (or £3 by post) by either visiting the Fundraising Office at 5 Seldown Lane, Poole, BH15 1TS or telephone: 01202 670644 or email:

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