The Nolans - Anne Nolan Recalls Bernie's Heartbreaking Final Days
The Nolans star Anne Nolan choked back tears on Friday (06Sep13) as she recalled her late sister Bernie's heartbreaking final days as her life ebbed away.
Anne told how the entire family gathered around their beloved sibling's bed at her home in England during the late stage of her fight against breast cancer.
They held their unconscious sister's hand, talked to her, and watched her favourite films and sporting events until Bernie passed away on 4 July (13) at the age of 52.
The brave singer/actress had successfully fought off breast cancer in 2010, but the disease returned last year (12) and was incurable, and she headed home in March (13) to live out her final days.
Now Anne has spoken out to recount the painful details of her beloved sister's decline, revealing the family watched tennis and Bernie's favourite musical while she was unconscious in bed.
She tells U.K. Tv show This Morning, "We all went to Bernie's house where she died, and my brothers came. I'm sorry, I'm getting a bit emotional. We were all there and she was unconscious because she had been given diamorphine. So she was unconscious but we felt like she could hear us so we played videos. We played Meet Me in St. Louis which was one of her favourite films, and we watched Wimbledon with her. We talked to her, saying 'We are all here', and we held her hand and it was lovely - it's not a lovely time but to be with her at that time with all of us together, it was lovely."
Anne, who fell out with her singing sisters in 2009 when she was left out of a 30th anniversary reunion tour, also revealed Bernie's devastating diagnosis helped to heal the rift in the family, adding, "We had spoken when Bernie was first diagnosed but we still weren't together. And then when the cancer came back, that was when I think we all got together and we went to visit her in the hospice.
"We were all together and we just weren't thinking of anything except Bernie. We were just concentrating on her and how she felt. Nothing more mattered to us at that point. We were all hugging each other."
Anne also told how the sorrow of losing her younger sister has given her a new outlook on life: "It's made me realise that no matter what happens in my life from now on, nothing will ever be big enough to make me fall out with my sisters again."