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Hearing about others' experiences can be helpful when dealing with death and bereavement. Do you have a personal experience that you'd feel comfortable sharing with the campaign? If so, let us know...
In January 2007 my darling wife Joan was in St Thomas' Hospital, London.
One evening as I left her I said, 'Goodnight my darling, see you tomorrow.' Her reply was, 'I hope I don't wake up in the morning.' Joan was a fighter and for her to say that told me just how ill she felt.
A couple of days later a doctor rang me in the morning and said that I should go to be with my wife.
Joan's youngest son, Steve, was home and came with me. We picked up Joan's sister who lives in the next road and went to the hospital. We sat with Joan all day and in the evening her eldest son Billy arrived and her nieces Christine and Larraine. We stayed with Joan all through the night and at around 6.30am she opened her eyes and looked at us all then closed her eyes and she had gone.
It was lovely for Joan to see to see us all with her and lovely for us to see her pass away so peacefully.
The ward sister and staff were so helpful the way they drew the curtains around us and showed us where we could go if we wanted a break. I wrote to the sister and her staff to thank them afterwards and I also wrote to their boss.
The Dying Matters Coalition is led by the National Council for Palliative Care,
the umbrella charity for end of life care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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