Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Mum's 80th Birthday
We were so glad that we got to see Mum celebrate her 80th birthday on August 22nd just one week before she passed away. She made it out to lunch at The Bird In Hand at Knowl Hill, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch. The pub's landlady Caroline Shone had helped us order the food in advance so it was all ready for when we arrived. The disabled taxi waited while we were there so once Mum was ready to go she was able to get back to the nursing home without delay. We later regathered back at the nursing home in the early evening for a special birthday cake and wine sitting. Mum was a real legend as just the effort of getting out of bed was too much really by this point and her health was beginning to fade.
Sadly over the course of the next few days Mum's health deteriorated quite rapidly and by the bank holiday weekend she had finally began to take morphine for the pain. The staff at the nursing home were brilliant and did everything possible to make Mum as comfortable as possible in her last few hours. She passed peacefully away on the 29th and the funeral will be on September 21st.