"Christmas is a special time for my family and I, like it is for many families. Spending time with one another, sharing gifts and enjoying the magic of the festive season, which brings people together."
Every year, St Elizabeth Hospice cares for families and their loved ones, throughout Suffolk, over the Christmas period, for many of whom this is their last Christmas together.
"In December 2019, my family and I experienced first-hand this special care delivered by the fantastic hospice team when they cared for my Mum, Lorraine Brown."
"Without St Elizabeth Hospice, our Christmas would have been very different but thanks to their support we shared a normal family Christmas at the hospice. It was made more perfect because of where it was and, thanks to their care, Mum had the Christmas she deserved and we were able to have the family feeling we love and also create memories we will cherish forever."
"Ever since I was a child, Christmas has always meant so much and I remember being told to stay in bed until at least 6am on Christmas Day morning. Even now when it gets to November I want to have decorations up! They were the days when we shared the magic with friends and family, full of food, presents and lots of time spent together."
"The fact we spent our last Christmas Day with Mum in the hospice surrounded by love and laughter is something I will always remember. I vividly recall the decorations in her room, the staff who snuck in her room Christmas morning to place wrapped presents in her room for her to open and the three-course meal with Prosecco and Buck’s Fizz we enjoyed. It didn’t feel different to a normal Christmas. We even stayed overnight Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day."
"We spent Christmas Day as any family would. Mum loved British comedy, especially Gavin and Stacey, so we had our Christmas evening in the hospice watching the Christmas special of Gavin and Stacey laughing together, which is such a lovely memory to have."
"As the staff had been a part of our journey throughout Mum’s time at the hospice, a lot of them felt like family. After my wedding Mum showed them photos of the day and during Christmas they came to check in on us to see if we were ok and to make sure Mum was comfortable, but each time it wasn’t as if a nurse was visiting it was more like another family member had come to join our day."
"I am so pleased Mum stayed at the hospice for Christmas, as their support meant Mum was comfortable at all time and we were able to really enjoy Christmas together as a family."
"There are lots of important dates throughout the year, such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries, where it feels as though there is a gaping hole as Mum is not there and Christmas 2020 was a difficult time, made even more unusual by Covid-19."
"I accept that Christmas may never be the same, however, the hospice’s LivingGrief bereavement support and emotional and wellbeing team have given me guidance and reassurance that feeling like this is normal."
"It is a gradual process and as a family we will make new traditions and learn together what a normal Christmas will be for us. We are a positive family and the support I received from the LivingGrief team has only made me stronger."
By supporting St Elizabeth Hospice’s Be a Star appeal, you are helping the hospice deliver its compassionate and holistic care to people in your local community so they too can enjoy Christmas with their loved ones. Please Be a Star and support St Elizabeth Hospice this Christmas."