This week sees the UK’s first ever National Grief Awareness Week, encouraging us all to #OpenUpToGrief and break the taboo around death and bereavement, for a more open discussion of a subject which affects us all at some time in our lives.
Meet Sonia Maisey, a Senior Staff Nurse at our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Sonia takes us through a day in her life as a member of the Hospice at Home team, which cares for people in their own homes.
"My role is to empower people – and often it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference."
Occupational Therapist Heather Bayliss shares how Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court’s multidisciplinary Day Hospice team supports people living with cancer, lung disease, heart failure or neurological conditions in Gloucestershire.
“There’s no doubt about it: the level of care here at Sue Ryder is higher than anywhere I’ve ever nursed."
Sue Ryder supported Ann Whyte though her Return to Nurse Practice qualification and she is now working as a Registered Nurse at our Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Centre in Aberdeen. She looks back over her 30-year career and explains why Sue Ryder is such a special place to work.
“My husband’s wish was to die at home. He wanted to be surrounded by his own things with his family and friends around him.”
Penny Jarvis’s husband Colin died in 2009, five years after he was first diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Penny was Colin’s main carer and he was able to die in his own home according to his wishes. Ten years on and Penny, a Nursing Assistant, now works as part of the Hospice at Home team at Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.
After Richard Littledale lost his beloved wife Fiona back in 2017, he decided to chronicle his experience of bereavement in the hope of comforting others. They have been turned into a book Postcards from the Land of Grief, published today, and 100% of the royalties will go directly towards Sue Ryder's expert and compassionate care.
Later this summer, Susan Shackleton is swapping her Sue Ryder Nurse’s uniform for a wet suit and googles to raise funds for the patients she helps care for at Thorpe Hall Hospice.
39-year-old Helen Daniels is taking part in the Bedford Running Festival in September. She’ll be running in memory of her mum and to raise funds for the hospice that cared for her, Sue Ryder St John’s in Moggerhanger.
“The name Sue Ryder means a lot. When we wear our uniforms we feel part of something, and families feel in safe hands.” These are the words of Senior Nursing Assistant Julia Tyas who is part of our band of close-knit healthcare workers in Gloucestershire who help keep loved ones looked after at home at the end of their life.
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice has had a big place in Holli Posnett’s heart ever since her mum Christine was cared for there in 1998. To mark the 20th anniversary of her Mum’s passing, Holli decided to raise as much money as she could for the hospice in a year. This is her story.