The job of clearing out her father’s house after his death led Jo Cooke to discover more about his childhood in Poland and strange behaviour – a process that helped her change career

My father’s death from pneumonia on 1 January 2012, aged 81, was almost a relief. He had been diagnosed with vascular dementia two years earlier, but remained reluctant to accept help with personal care, even as he forgot how to fasten his own belt and that you don’t drink whisky with breakfast.

After Dad’s death, I moved into his home to clear it. The mammoth size of this task soon became apparent.

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