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Dying Matters Week 2020: support for friends and relatives

This week is Dying Matters Week nationally, and Tuesday’s theme as part of the week is Carers.


When we care for people close to them, we also provide families and carers with the support they need. Here, some of those relatives and friends talk about the support they have received from our teams:


Jan Kestell’s husband Steve was cared for by our HOME Service before his death.


“Having the HOME Service visiting gave me confidence as I knew Steve would be OK. I was even able to go back to work part-time.


“I’d had all sorts thrown at me that year, and to have the support and guidance of the team was invaluable. They shared so much of our lives – including our wedding day!”


Paul Scott, from Bedale, said: “Anne and I are both radiographers and we’ve worked with enough people in a healthcare setting to know that Herriot has the best of people providing care.


“Towards the end, the care team was coming four times a day and as well as being exceptionally professional and skilled they are all lovely, caring people. Their relaxed but professional manner along with their sense of humour meant that we all but especially Anne looked forward to their visits. I can’t thank them all enough for what they did for Anne and I.”


Paul has since been receiving support from Herriot’s bereavement support service, which he describes as “brilliant” and says that it is very important in helping him to come to terms with, understand and manage his grief at Anne’s loss.


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Article Posted 11th May 2020

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North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a registered charity in England and Wales (518905) with a family of services operating as Herriot Hospice Homecare, Just 'B', Saint Michael's Hospice and Talking Spaces.

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