02nd May 2017
Dear All at The Cedars,
Just a few words to once again say a big thank you for all that you did to make S's last few years as comfortable as possible.You never know when you will lose you loved one, so when it comes it will always be a shock. We had S's funeral at Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton on 24th April. As you are probably aware, S was no great lover on religion, so the service had a light religious touch and was more a celebration of her past life, growing up in London, through the 2nd World War years emigrating to Australia in the twenties and returning to England in her thirties to look after her mother, meeting her husband 'L' on the ship back to England and starting a family. When L retired from the Merchant Navy in the 1980's, both S and L managed to travel as much as they could for a few years prior to L's failing health and passing away in 1985. After this, S became a volunteer at Southampton General Hospital. S did this for 23 years as a member of 'The League of Friends'. R's daughter have fond memories of assisting S on their walks around the wards with the trolley, brightening up peoples stay in hospital. Needless to say, S would always be late back with her trolley having spent too much time on each ward, chatting and joking with everyone she met. As the years went by S was less able to get about so was forced to give up her volunteer work and in time needed assistance herself for shopping, gardening and housework.
When I moved back to Dorset in 2009, I bought S with me, to make sure she kept out of mischief. In time the minor strokes she suffered took their toll of her health until she became wheel-chair bound. And, of course, the left you know.
Her stay at the Cedars was a happy one, and although she always wanted to return to Australia, she knew she would never return and that she was in the best place.
So, I will by saying a big thank you to all of you who came into contact with S, for being so kind and considerate. Your skills are underrated. We shall always be in your debt for the kindness shown.
D & R