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How work may help David cope with the death of Roisin

By Gail Walker

Published 14/07/2010

Just a week after the death of his wife Roisin and a few days after her funeral, David Dunseith was back behind the microphone at Radio Ulster, presenting Seven Days on Sunday.

If such a swift return to work surprised some, I suspect many more of us will recognise — and empathise — with how David is handling his bereavement.

When my father died, I dreaded the return to the office, even though I knew that colleagues would be sympathetic and supportive.

There was the fear of having to go over it all, again and again, plus the niggling doubt that in some strange way it wasn't right to attempt a return to normality after such a loss.

In the event, throwing myself into work was the best thing to do. You have to think about something else other than the devastating events that have engulfed you. Talking to people is a kind of therapy.

Sorry for your trouble David and we're all thinking about you, but it's good to have you back.

And I'm sure it's exactly what Roisin, a fine journalist herself, would have wanted ... the show must go on.

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