Letters - Anatomy of grief

It was trivial of Rosie Millard (Observations, 17 October) to pick on the mother of the recently murdered Sally Anne Bowman. Any bereaved parent will tell you that they will do anything to try to make the name and the memory of their lost child live on. While wishing that pictures of her daughter, who had begun a career as a fashion model, should appear posthumously in Vogue might not meet with the approval of urban intellectuals, it is a perfectly legitimate and appropriate response of a mother to her daughter's terrible death.

Simon Jarrett
Harrow, Middlesex

This article first appeared in the 24 October 2005 issue of the New Statesman, The debt pandemic