katie's story

Katie and her sister Hannah in the bluebell wood
Katie Painting

“To be able to give Katie the end of life care she wanted, where she wanted, how she wanted, fills me with a sense of achievement. Every wish that she wanted, she got.”

Dee tells us how her 13 year old daughter, Katie, spoke openly about her end of life wishes, from where she wanted to die to where she wanted her ashes scattered in this video.

Dee explains,
“I was devastated when Katie said she didn’t want to have any more treatment. As a parent you have children and you want them to live forever. I didn’t know how I would cope. To be able to give Katie the end of life care she wanted, where she wanted, how she wanted, fills me with a sense of achievement.

“We have a Bluebell Wood where my Nan and Granddad’s ashes are scattered and we go there every year, the entire family. She said she’d like her ashes scattered there so she knew people would come and visit her which is Katie to a tee, she just loved people coming round. Then she said to me ‘I don’t want to die in a hospital, if I was going to die I’d like to die at Little Havens because it’s so pretty there and I know so many people there and I know they’d look after me.’ I’m just blessed that we got her to Little Havens and that she had her wish come true.”

On what would have been her 14th birthday, Katie’s ashes were scattered at Bluebell Wood where she wanted to be, not far from the family home.

“Her birthday just seemed the perfect time. Now I have somewhere to go if I feel I want to have some time with her and it’s a lovely tranquil place for her to be. Every wish that she wanted, she got.”

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