Newly-widowed, Gill Adamson was encouraged by her doctor to attend hospice support sessions running at a local surgery.
“I was struggling after the death of my husband,” said Mrs Adamson, of Wattisfield. “I didn’t know what to do and I needed some support.
“The sessions hadn’t been running long when I first came along and when I first arrived I burst into tears. But the support I received - well, the only way I can describe it is like a big hug.”
“Just to have someone to talk to has made a huge difference to me, The support has been sympathetic, encouraging but never intrusive, When I come along I can talk and ask for help but it is always my choice.”
There is an open invitation to the support sessions Mrs Adamson attends which are run by St Nicholas’ Hospice Care at Botesdale Health Centre on the first Thursday of the month from 10am-noon. As well as offering support to those receiving end-of-life care and their families, hospice staff and volunteers also advise and support those coping with bereavement.
The sessions can act as an introduction to other hospice services, and also include assistance on such subjects as breathlessness, managing fatigue and nutrition.
Find out more about the hospice’s Open House sessions and other services it offers from www.stnicholashospice.org.uk. A new session will start soon at Stanton.