Precious Memories for Erin of Mum at Hospice

3 Sep 2021
Precious Memories for Erin of Mum at Hospice

When Erin Bennett’s mum, Hazel Reed was cared for at Dr Kershaw’s, back in 2018, the staff and volunteers did everything they could to make their experience a happy one.

Erin explained: “Dr Kershaw’s has been part of our family since my grandad was cared for there. When mum became poorly, she was adamant she wanted to die at Dr Kershaw’s, she felt she had a special bond with the Hospice.

During mum’s time there everyone was fantastic, which helped take the bad away from mum being poorly. The staff tap into what you need emotionally as a patient and family member and were there when I wanted to talk. They gave me so many precious memories of mum towards the end that will stay with me forever, they organised a champagne afternoon tea for us to have together, it was just amazing! Mum was also adamant she wanted to organise her own wake and be at it before she died, so the team organised a party in her room with all her friends by her side.

The health care assistants were great with her, indulging her need to have lipstick on and her roller in each day. The doctors fully consulted us, asking us for our opinions and explaining rather than just doing it. We felt like mum really mattered and that the staff really cared.”

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