Yes, heard about it Rippy, a terrible tragedy. About the work: to me this is your best work as yet. In the old woman's figure, especially her eyes you grasped the universal feeling of loss, hopelessness of any great tragedy. But the way she sits there, suggests the need to move on, start a new life. She's a survivor.
I'll paraphrase John here, you can tell this work is coming from the heart of the artist. I wish you could post a larger, clearer image of this.