"Our Auntie Sheila was full of life. She loved her family and always enjoyed helping people. She had lots of friends and she always had something to give. We remember that no one ever left her house without being offered biscuits or chocolate or some small gift.
When Auntie Sheila was diagnosed with cancer, we were absolutely devastated but she always remained positive. She considered all her nieces and nephews as her own children and she doted on us all, always taking a keen interest in all our lives. We couldn’t imagine life without her – and neither could her friends and neighbours in Sheffield.
When she got really poorly, Auntie Sheila told me: “I want to go to St Luke’s.” We know now that she made the right choice because everyone at St Luke’s made her feel at home.
Auntie Sheila had her own room with her own belongings, her blanket on the bed, photographs of family and pets around her and the music she loved playing at the side of her.
She often commented about how lovely all the staff were. Everyone was so kind, caring and considerate of her needs and no matter how busy they were they always had time for a chat. If Auntie Sheila fancied something in particular to eat the Catering team would get it for her, nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff.
Auntie Sheila went into St Luke’s in December 2020 and despite all the restrictions from the pandemic, the staff did so much to make it a positive, festive time. Around Christmas, the hospice made it possible for Auntie Sheila to have two visitors a day. As a family, we alternated visits so she always had someone to chat to. The staff even helped talk to relatives in America and Spain as well as receiving daily calls from family and friends.
She had a Christmas tree up in her room with lights which gave her great pleasure and she was also able to look round the garden to see all the Christmas lights – St Luke’s managed to create the
Christmas spirit during a difficult time.
St Luke’s is there for everyone of all faiths, or no faith. Our Auntie Sheila had a strong faith and I know it was a great comfort for her to talk to Rev Mike Reeder, the Chaplain at St Luke’s, and they built up a good friendship.
Auntie Sheila passed away at St Luke’s on Monday 4 January 2021 with family by her side. We miss her terribly, but we know St Luke’s gave her the best possible end to a wonderful life.
"Everyone hopes they won’t need the service of a hospice – but when we needed St Luke's they were absolutely fantastic. If you can, please give a donation to help families like ours benefit from the same wonderful care Auntie Sheila received."
From my family to yours, have a happy Christmas and New Year.
Best wishes from all of Sheila's family
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