In the lead up to my conversation with Ro Cambridge in episode 2, it seems fitting to focus on some of her writing in this 'Death in Print' segment (although only digital copies of this work are readily available, they once existed in hard copy).
From 2012 to 2020, writing as the Grey Urbanist, Ro penned a column for the Nelson Mail. These columns are still available on Ro's Grey Urbanist website
In her own words, the columns 'comment on the oddities of urban life as observed by an older woman who roamed all over Nelson city with her Fox Terrier, Pete'.
Pete died in 2015 and Ro is now accompanied on her urban expeditions with a tan and white Jack Russell called Rosie.
As we discuss in the interview, the most popular column she wrote for the Nelson Mail was about taking Pete to the vet
Ro had to have him put down on a later visit and wrote about that experience
She also explores the subject of death and dying, with candour and good humour, in numerous other columns.