“I’d do anything to help the Hospice, so that other families can have the incredible support and affection we’ve had.”

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Beryl, from Felden near Hemel Hempstead, was 80 when she passed away at home in mid-April during the first lockdown. She had been supported by The Hospice of St Francis since February 2019. Her husband, Richard, shares their story…

“As her condition worsened we were supported more and more at home by the community nurses, including Juliet and Claire. They sorted everything and we looked forward to their visits. The lovely carers came every morning and it was such a help. I can’t thank them enough.

“Beryl loved our home. And the nurses made sure it stayed that way – it still felt like home. She passed away peacefully at home, with me and our two sons by her side, along with the support of two Hospice carers. I cannot emphasise how very special it was for us to have Beryl at home.

“It was a privilege to have been married to Beryl. Although we couldn’t have the funeral service we would have had under normal circumstances, on the day there were so many people, who couldn’t attend but who wanted to pay their respects, standing along the roadside and in the Churchyard. Beryl touched so many hearts.

“I’d do anything to help the Hospice, so that other families can have the incredible support and affection we’ve had. I simply don’t know what we would have done without them.”