News / UK and world by Press Association February 12, 2019, 5:52 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Gavin And Stacey star Alison Steadman has told the Prince of Wales about the heartfelt comfort she received from a hospice he supports as patron after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Marie Curie patron Charles met the actress when he visited the charity’s Liverpool hospice where the performer’s mum Marj received care. The heir to the throne praised the work of hospice staff as he met terminally ill patients and their families and when he chatted to Ms Steadman, a Marie Curie ambassador, she told him: “They were so kind to us, it made such a difference.” Charles spent the day in Liverpool with wife Camilla celebrating its people, culture and history and the couple renewed their friendship with Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins, when the foursome met at Liverpool University’s … [Read more...] about TV star tells Charles of comfort hospice provided over her mother
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A dad from Arkansas shared a photo of his son, Jackson, doing something "a little boy should not have to." Jackson was comforting his 4-year-old sister, Addy, on her deathbed. Adalynn "Addy" Joy Sooter was diagnosed with a type of tumor in her brain stem known as Diffuse-Intrinsic-Pontene-Glioma (DIPG) in November 2016. About a year and a half after her diagnosis, the little girl's life was coming to an end. Addy's father, Matt Sooter, frequently posted updates on his daughter's health in a Facebook group, "Hope for Addy Joy - Fighting DIPG." The photo of his son comforting Addy was one post in particular that gained widespread attention. The now-viral photo showed Jackson saying "goodbye to his partner in crime, his play mate, his best friend, his little sister," the post reads. "This isn't how it's supposed to be. But this is the broken world we live in." Jackson stands right at Addy's bedside with one hand on her forehead as she holds his other hand near her chest. Addy … [Read more...] about Dad shares heartbreaking photo of son comforting dying 4-year-old sister
When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st birthday. One of my sisters and I were curled around her, asleep ourselves.My mom's death was perfect, and hospice helped. But her dementia made enrolling her and keeping her in hospice nearly impossible. She died during her second stint in hospice.The year she died, I had reached out to a hospice and palliative-care agency because my mom seemed to be heading downhill fast.A gerontologist had diagnosed my mom with late-stage dementia and encouraged us to place her in nursing care. My mom needed help with dressing and using the bathroom. She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. She could feed herself once a plate of food was set in front of her. She spoke, but not a lot, unless she was in full-blown agitation.By then, … [Read more...] about At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.
In the My Kind of Job spotlight this week is Eimear McCooey, legacy adviser at Marie Curie Northern Ireland and chair of ‘Will to Give'What's your job?As Marie Curie's first dedicated Northern Ireland legacy adviser my role is to raise awareness of the importance of gifts in wills to the charity. By organising a programme of Gift for the Future and stewardship events, developing partnerships with local solicitors and delivering a will writing scheme, I hope to help people to talk comfortably about making a will and consider leaving a gift to Marie Curie.How did you get there?I started my career in hospitality management and spent my placement year working in The K Club in Kildare. A nine-month placement turned into almost eight years working in various parts of the five star resort working my way up from sales, to reception manager to managing and supporting the resort's property and membership portfolio. After working on the Ryder Cup in 2006 I felt like I needed a new challenge … [Read more...] about Eimear helps people feel comfortable talking about their last wishes and legacy
More Info Visit honoringchoicestn.org for resources. POLL: Do you know someone who has received palliative or hospice care? Yes: 100.00% (1) No: 0.00% (0) Total Responses: 1 Former first lady Barbara Bush's death has ignited discussion about end-of-life choices and the difference between hospice and palliative care — a conversation experts hope will continue. Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, had for years experienced congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was treated for other illnesses, according to media reports. Days before her death, Bush's family issued a statement saying she had decided not to seek medical treatment and would focus on "comfort care." Dr. Joanne Lynn, director of the program to improve elder care at Altarum Institute, worked with Bush years ago, when she was a congressional spouse volunteering at the Washington Home for chronically ill patients, according to a Tribune News Service report. Bush helped with the … [Read more...] about Barbara Bush’s death renews conversation about palliative care, hospice