After years of battling with cancer David’s beloved wife, Linda, was given a terminal prognosis that brought her under the care of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. David remembers how indispensable the nurses were during Linda’s final months:
“When we were referred to Rennie Grove Hospice Care everything changed and improved - these amazing nurses came in and transformed the whole situation. From utter confusion we suddenly had a plan and someone to help us pull together all the strands of healthcare provision we’d been struggling to keep hold of.
“Linda was always at the centre of their care but the Rennie Grove nurses also took the time to support me too. They would talk to me candidly and sensitively about what was going to happen. They explained what I already knew but still struggled to accept: that Linda was going to die. I would often break down crying when we talked about it. But what they said helped me to cope: ‘focus on what can be done and ignore what can’t be changed’ they used to say. The nurses showed me that although Linda dying was a tragic inevitability, it was within our power to make her death the best it could possibly be.
“I was holding Linda’s hand when she died. One of the Rennie Grove nurses was with us and her being there was a gift in itself; without her there I would probably have been in utter panic.
“It was the most difficult and terrible period of my life, but also in many ways the most uplifting. I saw amazing people at work and the simple fact of people helping others at the most vulnerable point in their lives gave me faith in humanity.”
David is supporting our Spring Appeal to recruit an additional Hospice at Home nurse - find out more here.