Carol Lawrence features alongside her grandchildren Ma’leiah and Khias in a series of films made by national charity Hospice UK for Hospice Care Week which launches today.
Carol’s daughter Rebecca Beacon was cared for by teams at John Taylor Hospice last year. Referred to the hospice with end stage liver failure, 31-year-old Rebecca was cared for in our InPatient Unit before returning home for her final days supported by the Hospice at Home Team.
Her family were also helped by the Personal Health Budget Team who organised a host of special memories including a Halloween party, hand casts and memory boxes for the children.
Now Carol and the children have made the short films in which they share how John Taylor Hospice supported them through their most difficult time.
In the film Carol says: “The hospice were amazing. For that one week they became our family too. They just made everything that Rebecca requested possible.
“Making those special moments for the children so they have their lifetime memories is one of the most important things that were part of Rebecca’s last few days of her life.”
John Taylor Hospice Head of Brand and Media Diane Parkes said: “We are so grateful to Carol, Ma’leiah and Khias for sharing their story with us. We hope, through Hospice Care Week, that Rebecca’s story will help people across the country understand more about the vital and specialist care hospices provide for thousands of people.
“At a time when many hospices are facing increased demands on their care coupled with drops in fundraising it is more important than ever to share stories about the immense difference hospice care can make.”
Hospice UK Campaign Manager Imogen Thomas said: “The care that Rebecca and her family received at John Taylor Hospice perfectly demonstrates what it takes to provide hospice care – giving people and their families the care that they need and deserve at the end of life.
“The staff at John Taylor Hospice were able to respect Rebecca and her family’s wishes – making it possible for her to die at home with her loved ones, creating special memories for her family through a personal health budget, and tailoring her care to make her as comfortable as possible at the end of her life.
“There are more than 200 hospices across the UK that work with and in local communities to support individuals and families with end of life care. Eighty-three per cent of hospice care is delivered in the community, like Rebecca’s hospice at home care, and that requires a network of staff you don’t necessarily see.
“Hospice Care Week is a chance to recognise and celebrate stories like Rebecca’s, showing the invaluable support for people and their families at the end of life. Personalised care, ongoing support, lifetime memories – for Rebecca and her family, that is what it takes to provide end of life care.”
Hospice Care Week runs from 5 – 11 October 2020. To find out more about the week, visit the Hospice UK website https://www.hospiceuk.org/support-us/campaigns/hospice-care-week To read Rebecca’s story in full please click here.