Pauline had been a dear friend but, one had to admit, one that had specific ideas and attitudes, and symptoms of her illness often made her a ‘difficult’ patient. Without the help of the cavalry in the shape of clinical nurses from Harris Hospice I’m not sure whether I might have gone before Pauline! But your ladies were there, dedicated administering angels to Pauline and a tower of strength to me and I know that her gratitude was no less than my own.
I would like to offer my thanks to all the nurses who helped but in particular Ann Thon was wonderful and her care has continued with follow-up calls for which I am deeply grateful. Ann was wonderful on the final day, showing complete compassion and providing the support I needed at the time to allow me to remain in control of Pauline’s care to the end. Pauline met the most peaceful end and I attribute this in large measure to the support of the hospice ladies.
It pleases me to see that in arranging her affairs, Pauline wished to support the hospice.