Hospice helps in toughest of times
LYN Benson will always be grateful for the final weeks that she and her family got to spend with her late husband, Ron.
After being diagnosed with cancer, Ron found himself in the care of Ipswich Hospice, where Mrs Benson spent most of her hours during the final seven weeks of her husband's life.
It was a terrible time for the family, but Mrs Benson said the work of Ipswich Hospice and its care nurses also helped her make the most of that time.
"The best thing about hospice I guess is that we were all included in the decision-making process - Ron and my grandchildren and I were cared for as a family," she said.
"We could come and go as we pleased and take turns staying with Ron overnight. We were always made to feel welcome here.
"At the end of it, we all felt a bit of a sense of hospice withdrawal."
It took some time for Mrs Benson to mourn her husband's death, although when she did, she turned her years of experience in social work at hospitals to her current role at Ipswich Hospice.
Mrs Benson now provides support to families that are going through the same thing she experienced five years ago.
"I felt I had something to offer," she said.
"I have been a social worker for a long time and my own experience has enabled me to realise how difficult it is to have a family member who is dying.
"I am very grateful to families who let me walk that difficult journey with them."
For information on the work of Ipswich Hospice Care, phone 3812 0063.