"My wife’s care at home"

About: Royal Free Hospital St Lukes Hospice

(as a parent/guardian),

Two years ago my wife and mother of my 3 young children died. Our youngest child was 16 months old .  My wife had cancer and had chemotherapy , but this did not work and her disease progressed.

It’s been so hard without her and we know that she is watching over us every day and she would be proud of us all .Her heart , her smile and her strength has been given to my wonderful children.

The staff that cared for her may have now left and I feel guilty that I never thanked  them all for the wonderful care she received at the Royal Free Hospital and in the community team from St Lukes - Dr Lisa and Stella , social worker. who came regularly to see us at home.

Not having a income due to my wife not  being able to work and having to look after the children financially we struggled. We were lucky to have a Christmas hamper , Christmas tree and decorations .The children all were given some toys that had been donated to the hospice. It made our last Christmas so special for us all to be together .

My wife did a memory box and jars for all the children with Stella’s support and these are filled with photos, cards,letters , CD’s (Pepa Pig and Thomas the Tank). These are so treasured and precious for my children .

As a family this was a very dark and sad time, but some light and sunshine came to our all our lives at that time . 


Response from Clinical Quality Improvement Manager, St Lukes Hospice (Harrow & Brent) 4 months ago
Submitted on 27/01/2020 at 12:34
Published on Care Opinion on 28/01/2020 at 13:51

Thank you very much for remembering us. Stella is touched by your comments and is pleased to know that we left the family with some positive memories. This brings home how important it is to leave children with memory boxes of their loved ones. The hospice is very fortunate to have gifts donated to it that can then be passed on to families like yours.

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