In February 2018 Daniel lost the love of his life after 25 years together. His wife, Regine, was only 47 years of age and left him and their two teenage children behind. It was a life-changing experience, but the hospice helped both him and his children to move on.

 

"Our first contact with the hospice was with Amanda, one of the Clinical Nurse Specialists [CNS] from the Community Team, who we met at the hospice initially. However, we didn’t realise before this meeting but the hospice cares for the majority of its patients in their own home. Amanda became our main point of contact, visiting us as regularly as we needed and wanted, and honestly even the little things made such a huge difference.

Then as February 2018 approached Regine’s condition deteriorated quite rapidly. Amanda helped us and supported us through making the decision for Regine to be transferred to Woking Hospice. I know now that this was absolutely the right decision for us as a family, because we can live on in our family home with the memories of Regine as who she was in life and not that of her death.

The sense of community the hospice provides has made everything that bit easier for us. Not only did they provide counselling for my wife but also for the children and I, which we know we can access for as long as we need and that the door of the hospice is always open to us.

It is because of the hugely positive experience that we as a family have had that I feel so passionate about sharing my story in order to help raise awareness about what the hospice can and does do for families like mine.

I would say to anyone to be open minded about the hospice. They are there to help and they will go above and beyond to ensure the whole family is cared for.”