Today has been hard
The lady I have been nursing for almost a year as her soul midwife has possibly only a few days left.
She and I have over the last year become close friends and I know had we met under different circumstances we would have been good friends.
We have so much in common spiritual beliefs, sense of humour and we are both strong minded and stubborn.
Our grand daughters have been friends since baby school they are now 13
Tamika and Jayden both nannys girls.
It was through Jadens Mum I met Karen .
She had told her about my work as a soul midwife and our cancer retreat
I think you will get on she said and passed me her phone number.
She was right .
Karen was streight talking a good looking very proud women. Oh and did I mention stubborn in a very fabulous way.
She had lost her husband two years previously to cancer she had been his princess we sat and chatted about her journey.
At the mention of his name there was always a smile and a story.
He had been her Knight in shining armour
She was determined to stay as well as possible for as long as she could for her boys.
Before I knew it two hours had flown by.
So shall I come back next week? I asked .
Yes she smiled I’d like that and tell Lisa thanks for pointing you my direction.
Just before I got into my car she called me back.
The cancer she said.
I told them I don’t want to know how long I have.
What would you do?
I don’t think I’d want to know either I said.
But it’s completely your choice
Someone giving you a time scale on life.
No one really knows.
I’d rather say I’ll die when its my time and I’m ready.
I like that she laughed.
See you next week.
So I’d call in we would chat about anything and everything.
I’d do some reflexology or massage.
We wrote funeral plans and lists.
We put everything in order.
That’s a massive part of my job
It gives back some control and reassures my patients that when the time comes
All their wishes will be honoured
I am a celebrant I trained so that I can confidently offer funeral and wedding services too.
So we plan everything nothing is left to chance
We write wills.
Then when all the serious stuff is sorted
We get on with living.
Quality of life.
Getting out and about
Shopping , for coffee.
I’ve even had one lady request we go on a roller coater
Twice! She loved it.
You get the picture.
I spent this evening making memory jewelry from karen’s finger print and her grand daughter jaydens.
It’s solid silver
So that Karen will always be with her.
Karen has been my friend even if only for a short time.
Her grand daughter has been amazing for a thirteen year old.
She has sat chatting with her in the hospice gone out with her on shopping trips.
It’s a joy to see Karen’s face light up when she sees jayden come in.
She told me she isn’t afraid of dying just afraid of not being around for Jayden.
Last Wednesday was her last good day we spent it together laughing drinking tea and watching T.V I put he in bed before I left and tucked her in.
As I kissed her head she caught hold of my hand.
You’ve been my nurse and my friend she said smiling at me I love you Joolz and I want to thank you.
No thanks needed I kissed he head again try to get some sleep and I’ll see you in the morning
Night mam she joked.
I walked out into cold October air and a tear ran down my cheek.
Let it be peaceful I asked the universe.
The next morning I walked into her room towel over my arm to wash her hair how did you sleep I asked.
She looked at me blankly.
Talking about painting the ceiling and how wiccans and dwarfs were playing rugby for Wales.
My heart sank.
Last stages of liver cancer often present a dementia like confusion
I sat by her holding her hand.
joolz it’s you! I’m sorry I can’t go shopping today.
I kissed her forehead.
That’s fine I reassured her the weather is awful let’s rest today we can go next week.
I called the doctor to her as I rang her family.
Things changed quickly.
36hrs later I received that call can you come back to the hospice Joolz it’s time.
My clothes are ready I’m dressed in minutes. Kiss my husband goodbye and step out into the cold night air.
As I’m walking to the car I’m ringing her son’s to tell the the news as I then drive to pick up her Jay grand daughter.
All of this has been planned.
Everyone knows it isn’t set in stone you have no idea how you will feel.
when ‘that’ phone call comes.
As I pull up outside the house jay comes out the image of her nan in younger years
As she gets in the car I ask ar you sure you want to come?
She’s stubborn just like her nan I know the answer
She nods and we head to the Hospice.
The roads are empty she looks at me and asks.
“Joolz what will it be like?”
How do you answer that
Shes 13 her nanny’s girl.
She’s sleeping I say, hoping I can find the right words.
She can still hear you. Talk to her tell her your there.
Hold her hand.
If at any point you need to leave the room that’s okay.
However you want to do this it’s okay.
She nods and we pull into the car park.
She is lying in bed much the same as when I left her last night
Breathing heavier I kiss her gently on her forehead
Ive brought your girl I tell her taking her hands from under the blanket
I sit her son’s beside her jay sits holding her hand gently like precious porcelain.
Im here nan she says.
I remember her as a cheeky four year old no teeth full of mischief slurping jelly at my granddaughters birthday party.
When did she bloom into this beautiful caring strong young.
My heart breaks for her.
I tell them all I’ll just be outside for ten mins to give them some time to say the things they need to.say.
Tell her anything you want I say. I’m right outside the door.
As I come back in I stand back and take in the picture before me.
Hands holding hands words softly spoken a room filled with love.
I sit beside Jay.
We silently watch her breathing slow her youngest son looks at me and asks is she going .
I love you mam he sobs .
It’s okay my friend You can go now, Leon is waiting.
At 5.45 she leaves us peacefully.
This passing was beautiful. A family holding vigil no pain as she quietly stepped from the earth plane to spirit plane .
I can’t help but feel my world will be a little less bright without her in it.
I kiss her gently and whisper safe journey home my beautiful friend.
As I picture her husbands joy at having her back in his arms.
Goddess bless you Karen ❤️
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