Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Family Support Team, a multi-disciplinary team who support people from diagnosis onwards, during life-limiting conditions, and we also offer bereavement support after a loved one has died.
“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have been trialling an innovative Wellbeing Café to support patients to live as fully and actively as possible with great success.
“At the hospice, I was able to become Mum’s daughter again instead of her carer – and grant her final wish.”
Emma Rayner's mum Clarissa spent her last two weeks at our hospice in Peterborough. In this blog post and moving video montage, Emma shares her family’s story.
"What do you say to someone facing a life-changing diagnosis? I have no idea - but I'm a good listener and that helps."
Penny Fisher has volunteered as a befriender and bereavement supporter at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice since 2008, following the death of her husband. Here, she tells us why she gives her time.
People with neurological conditions in England are being let down by the very health and care systems that are supposed to be supporting them – that’s the finding of our new report Time to get it right, writes our Policy and Public Affairs Manager (England) Duncan Lugton.
We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.
“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. She recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.
What happens when someone you love has died, leaving their belongings behind? How do you decide what to keep and – at what is such a painful time – work out which items ‘spark joy’? After watching the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo episode ‘Sparking Joy After A Loss’, Julia Cook reflects on losing her parents-in-law and how she navigated the difficult process of sorting through their effects.
“Initially, I thought no one could help me as no one could change what happened, but I’ve discovered that that isn't really the point of counselling at all.” Blogger Jess reflects on how, five years after her Dad’s death, counselling and therapy have helped her come to terms with her loss.