11 Oct 2018 Care
Hospice Care Week: We provide the best care for you at the end of life
To celebrate Hospice Care Week from the 8th - 14th October 2018, we are sharing a different story each day to showcase the amazing reach that Kirkwood has across our community. We are here to support anyone affected by a life limiting illness, every step of the way. This is Fiona's story.
Kirkwood is with you on your journey, every step of the way. We provide the best care for you at the end of life. When supporting you at the very end of life, whether in the Hospice or at home, you will receive the best care from our team of experienced professionals.
In May 2015, Margaret Godsman, of Cleckheaton, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. When her daughter, Fiona, got engaged to marry Roger Brown, the family were unsure whether Margaret would be able to make the special day. However with the help of Kirkwood Hospice, she did. This is Fiona’s story…
From left to right: Fiona, Margaret and Roger
"When Mum was diagnosed, she was diagnosed as terminally ill. We did all sorts to keep her positive, which she always remained throughout.
“Mum came to Kirkwood Hospice on the Tuesday, and there wasn’t much hope that she’d be able to make it for the wedding at the weekend. It seemed the nearer the wedding was coming, the worse her health was getting.
“But the first thing she said when she came into the Hospice was ‘I’m going to go to the wedding.’ She chose her outfit a couple of months before and every day she said she was going to be there. The wedding was a big thing keeping her going and she knew she had to get there.
"I know that if Mum hadn’t been at the Hospice, she wouldn’t have made it to the wedding. Having her there on the day made it all worthwhile." Fiona Brown
“When we knew there was a chance of Mum being able to come, the Matron at the Hospice went above and beyond to make It happen. The therapists did Mum’s nails and there was even the option of having her hair done.
“A nurse volunteered to help take Mum to the venue on the day, and there were two different types of wheelchair to make sure that she was comfortable. I was looking out of the hotel window when she arrived. I saw her wave up to me and I knew she’d made it. Everybody said how brave and how beautiful she looked.
“I know that if Mum hadn’t been at the Hospice, she wouldn’t have made it to the wedding. Having her there on the day made it all worthwhile.”
Fiona’s brother, Nigel Godsman, had the idea to take collection boxes to the wedding to raise funds for Kirkwood, and a big part of the wedding speeches focussed on encouraging people to find out more about Kirkwood Hospice – and to dig deep.
"We’ve all said if there was anywhere to have your last days, what a lovely place it is to be. The nurses are more than nurses, they’re like angels. There’s a real sense of calm and tranquility and I can’t praise it enough." Fiona Brown
Fiona said: “When my brother Nigel and I first walked through the doors here at Kirkwood, we felt such a big relief.
"It was very hard to make Mum comfortable at home, it was a lot of pressure and we didn’t want her suffering. Here, it is 24/7 support. Not only the care for your loved one, but the support for you too. We have access to holistic therapies and there is always somebody to talk to.
“We’ve all said if there was anywhere to have your last days, what a lovely place it is to be. The nurses are more than nurses, they’re like angels. There’s a real sense of calm and tranquility and I can’t praise it enough.”
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