“If there is something you feel driven to do and you are at all able to do it, do it. Don’t look back and ask ‘what if?’” Jean had always wanted to know more about her Grandfather Sidney who had died during the First World War. One day she decided to put it off no longer and looked into her family tree. This led her on a heart-warming experience of connection and reunion.

Jean recorded this story for A Grand Life, Heard – a project which aims to amplify the voices of older people and to reconnect communities following periods of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. We invite you to listen to the lessons contained within their story.

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