Dawn Reohorn was supported by the Hospice from June 2007 following the diagnosis that Martin, her 39 year-old husband, had terminal cancer. Dawn discusses the support that she and her young children received from the counselling services both pre and post bereavement and the inpatient support that Martin received until his death. She talks about the Dragonfly group – which offers support for children and where Dawn met her second husband, also called Martin! She touches on her continuing involvement with St. Richard’s giving talks about her journey with the Hospice.
Dawn’s husband Martin was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour soon after their second daughter was born. Although Martin didn’t want anything to do with St Richard’s at this point, Dawn explains in this extract how her contact with the hospice provided her with a lifeline.
As the weeks passed, Dawn managed to get Martin to come to the hospice and by the time he needed to stay there as a patient, the whole family was comfortable with being there. In this extract, Dawn talks about the moment she knew that Martin was ready to stay and how his friends moved ‘Thursday Lads’ night out’ to his bedroom there.
After Martin’s death, Dawn and her daughters continued to visit the hospice and received lots of support and counselling. The children continued to tell their dad of their achievements by hanging labels with their news on Martin’s tree. They joined the Dragonfly group and made new friends and, many years on, they still get support from St Richard’s and they themselves give support to the organisation too. Dawn is now a volunteer, and in this extract, she explains why she regularly relives her experiences.