Personal hospice stories

Several individuals have shared their personal experiences of hospice care. These touching and inspiring stories show the lengths hospices go to in order to support patients and their loved ones, and the difference they make to people's lives.


These stories have been published on ehospice, our online news and information resource which covers all the latest developments in hospice and palliative care.

  • A mother’s tribute to Acorns Children’s Hospice
    Read the story of a very special mum, Emma, and the support she and her family receive from a children's hospice…
  • Hospice care is "invaluable" – a young mother’s story
    A young mother gives a moving account of the dedicated support she and her ill son received from a children’s hospice, bringing to light what hospice care meant to her and her precious Jayden…
  • Hospice grants patient’s dying wish to feed her horse one last time
    Kate Pitchford talks about her vibrant, fun-loving sister and how Keech Hospice Care fulfilled her dying wish to see her beloved horse Shannon and feed her one last time…
  • Hospice helps couple to marry so dying baby son can attend ceremony
    A children's hospice "moved heaven and earth" so a couple could get married within 24 hours after being told there was no more doctors could do for their nine-month-old son. Read their touching story…
  • Hospice helps man spend precious time with long-lost family
    66-year-old Richard Potts arrived at the city hospice 20 days ago, two stone underweight and hallucinating because he was not eating or taking his medication properly. But he is leaving with a spring in his step and is looking forward to spending time with the daughter he didn’t know existed until four years ago. Read Richards story…
  • I’m not staying
    When Sara was initially referred to Cornwall Hospice Care she was horrified and terrified at the idea of staying at a hospice, but now she says she couldn't cope without their St Julia’s Hospice. This is Sara's story…
  • New lease of life for hospice patient
    Tracey O’Rourke praises the care she has received from John Taylor Hospice, including the respite care at the hospice's inpatient unit, which has allowed her to live at home for most of the year.
  • The ‘H’ Word
    Eamonn Martin is a husband and a father, who also happens to be terminally ill. Here, Eamonn writes about his first visit to a hospice and describes how during a short stay, his initial fears were banished, along with his pain…
  • The hospice "held" and "carried" my wonderful husband
    Writing one year on from the death of her husband, Paul, Julia Shyvers shares how her local hospice “held” and “carried” Paul and his family through the final stages of his illness, and helped ease the fear of dying…
  • Woodberry family supported and comforted by staff at Weston Hospicecare
    Kim Woodberry speaks about the “brilliant” support her mother received from their local hospice…

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