Holis­tic care

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

SUE Ry­der pro­vides holis­tic care which en­com­passes both the pa­tient and their fam­i­lies.

A team of vol­un­teers sup­port Jane, pro­vid­ing a help­ing hand to fam­i­lies at a very dis­tress­ing time of their life. Be­reave­ment vol­un­teers of­ten just lis­ten to peo­ple who have lost a loved one to re­as­sure them that what they are feel­ing is nor­mal and it’s part of the jour­ney of grief, and to recog­nise that grief is a nor­mal part of loss.

Rob Lank­fer lost his wife Tess to can­cer in 2010, but Rob and his three chil­dren Emily, Wil­liam and Ge­orge have ben­e­fited greatly from the hospice’s be­reave­ment ser­vice.

Rob said: “I first met Jane with Tess in July 2010. These first meet­ings were to help Tess and I through the im­me­di­ate pe­riod prior to her death and to re­as­sure us that the chil­dren and I would be sup­ported af­ter Tess died.

“The chil­dren were be­com­ing fa­mil­iar with Jane as they met her in­for­mally around Thorpe Hall hospice while they were vis­it­ing their mum.

“Tess died in Septem­ber 2010 and Jane ini­tially ar­ranged a visit to our house to meet with the chil­dren, Tess’s mum and my­self.

“These meet­ings have been in­valu­able in that the chil­dren who now knew and trusted Jane opened up with all their fears and is­sues which we could dis­cuss.

“These meet­ings have con­tin­ued to the present day at a fre­quency de­ter­mined by my­self and the chil­dren.

“Nor­mally we keep to a pre-booked ap­point­ment, but some­times I will ar­range an ear­lier time if any­one is strug­gling. These ses­sions have been in­valu­able in the heal­ing process and con­tain a group ses­sion and in­di­vid­ual ses­sions if these are re­quired.

“The chil­dren have also at­tended Char­lie Chimps club were they have met oth­ers in the same sit­u­a­tion.

“These evenings have also been very ben­e­fi­cial in that ex­pe­ri­ences can be shared and cop­ing mech­a­nisms de­vel­oped.

“Tess’s mum and I have also ben­e­fited from in­di­vid­ual coun­selling ses­sions with Jane’s team for as long as we re­quired.

“The sup­port that we have all re­ceived from Jane and her team has been tremen­dous and has helped us all to con­tinue with our now changed lives”.

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