I write this blog as a tribute to a local family from Bridlington. They have given me permission to write the blog. Recently we were asked to look after a lovely young man of 45 who passed away after a long illness, leaving behind his wife aged 36 and two young children. It was heart-breaking to watch this family try to come to terms with his passing, but they showed such strength, a strength I knew would help them through the most difficult days. Whilst arranging his funeral, a service which would be a celebration of his short life, his own father was terminally ill himself. Helping this family meant everything to me. As we chose flowers and music and listened to stories of his life, everyone in the room knew it would only be a matter of time until they would be sitting on the same chairs in the same family room, deciding on what Dad would have wanted when his day came. His day did come, two weeks after his sons funeral. The family faced their heartache with such strength and courage, I know both men would have been so proud of each and every one of them. We were truly blessed, as this family, like all the others we have looked after, have become firm friends. We would do anything to help them in any capacity.
No matter what your situation is, there are people to offer help, it's the reaching out that's the difficult part, and as always, if our lights are on, so is the kettle.
In memory of Jamie and Leonard.