Geoff and Lynn’s story
Grandparents, Geoff and Lynn, were able to make happy memories with their granddaughter Alice at Acorns until she sadly passed away in September 2014, aged just 18 months. Alice stayed in the in the special bedroom at Acorns for six days until her funeral, giving family and friends to say their goodbyes.
Lynn tells us how the whole family was given invaluable care and support at Acorns.
“When our granddaughter Alice was diagnosed, within days we met an Acorns family team worker who explained what Acorns did and what we could expect. We didn’t realise it at the time, but that initial meeting prepared us for what was to come and helped us accept the reality of the situation in a very gentle way.
“Acorns helped our family build up lovely memories of Alice. There was a scrapbook of notes and photos during our times at the hospice and my husband was able to swim with Alice in the safe environment of the hydrotherapy pool, something we would never have been able to do otherwise.”
When Alice passed away, Acorns was there for the family not only emotionally, but also helped Jess, Alice’s mum, with practicalities; offering advice and assisting with paperwork.
Lynn said: “For us as grandparents, this was so important as it helped take the pressure off, but it was also really important to have that peace of mind; to know there were people there caring and supporting our daughter.”
The Acorns Grandparents Group is a vital part of the ongoing care provided by the hospice, offering peer-to-peer support to grandparents in a relaxed setting. Lynn said: “My husband and I visit the group and they organise fun and informal social trips out. It’s such a help to be able to chat to people in similar situations, give each other support but also share the happy memories we have.”
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Acorns provides babies, children and young people aged 0-18 years who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and associated complex needs with a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support across the Heart of England. Acorns relies on the community to fund the majority of its activities. To learn more about what we do, please watch this video.