Light Up A Life 2021: Julie’s Story
Those attending a Light up a Life service for the first time usually do so to remember a loved one, somebody special who will be missed at Christmas.
That wasn’t the case for Julie Dean, who first went along to hear her son sing in the All Saints School choir. “It’s a lovely service”, says Julie, “with lovely carols and readings. Although it’s a sad time thinking about people that we have lost, it feels like it starts Christmas off.” Julie and her family subsequently attended every year at Brewers Quay in Weymouth and, sadly, the reasons for doing so have become even more poignant.
Julie’s mum, Joyce, spent her last two weeks at our Inpatient Unit in March 2016.
“It was the first time I’d ever set foot in the hospice, and was blown away by the care given to Mum, and also to my sister and I, our husbands, and the grandchildren. Everything was done as beautifully as it could be, and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.”
Julie recalls that every detail was taken care of. “Mum wanted a quiet room, then decided she wanted company so they moved her to a four bedded bay. The chef would come to her bedside to see what they could prepare for her – whatever she fancied, be it an omelette or bowl of soup.”
Just four years later, whilst the world was in the grip of Covid-19, Julie’s husband Nigel was admitted to the Inpatient Unit. “He was admitted late on a Friday evening”, recalls Julie, “on our arrival we were seen by Ruthie and Dr Louise, they were so kind and I will never forget them. It was a very different experience to Mum because of the pandemic. Everything was done to ensure Nigel was comfortable, whilst supporting myself, our children, his Mum and family. We were allowed to be with Nigel at the end, the kindness and dignity of staff will always be remembered by our whole family.”
“With Weldmar, it’s the personal touch. They treat you with the utmost dignity, and the hospice is a wonderful and peaceful place”
“Everyone speaks very highly of Light up a Life. It also raises funds so they can continue with their wonderful care, which we are very, very lucky to have.”