“All the nurses seemed to have this natural ability to say and do exactly what was necessary at the right time.”

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Chris was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. When it returned in her right lung and spine, Rennie Grove’s Hospice at Home nurses supported Chris, and her husband, Doug, during her last few months.

“All the Rennie Grove nurses seemed to have this natural ability to say and do exactly what was necessary at the right time,” said Doug.

“Four days before Chris passed away, we were sitting on the sofa together as one of the nurses wrote up her notes. She paused, looked across at Chris, walked over, and knelt in front of her. Gently and calmly, she asked Chris if she was scared. Chris nodded her head to say yes.

“‘Would you like me to tell you what to expect next?’ asked the nurse.

“But Chris gently shook her head – she wasn’t ready to know yet.

“A little later, after Chris had had time to reflect, the nurse tenderly explained what was going to happen over the next few days.

“The nurse was using a gift – timing. All the Rennie Grove nurses I encountered used this gift alongside other virtues – dedication, compassion, and professionalism – to support families through the most painful part of life’s journey.”