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Weʼre raising £4,500 to buy a CoverCool Blanket for grieving families who wish to keep their relatives at home when they die.

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Before Nan died she requested two things-

to die at home and remain there after

to be buried in the garden

My family resolutely pledged to fulfil her wishes but with little insight in to how. On the day of Nan’s death we called upon local hospices requesting to use their Cooling Blanket, a mobile device which keeps the body between 2-5 degrees Celsius in order to preserve it like an undertaker would, without the trauma of separation from family. Unfortunately the hospice was unable to loan this vital piece of equipment.

It was hot and without the blanket we began struggling to keep Nan cold. We resorted to bags of supermarket ice, a distressing and messy alternative which left Nan’s body, hair and bed clothes soaking wet.

With this ongoing trauma and dangerous practise the only choice we were left with was to bury Nan as soon as possible. With an intimate ceremony only two days after her passing away, understandably many family members felt upset at losing the chance to say goodbye to Nan properly and excluded from an otherwise healing, loving and cathartic experience fulfilling Nan’s wishes.

Preserving Nan in this way made preparing her for burial very difficult. Unable to keep her dry, my sister and I had to wait to dress her contending with rigor mortis and parts of her which had frozen from the ice.

If a CoverCool Blanket had been available to us:

-Nan’s wishes would have been a lot easier to respect

-Her dignity would not have been under threat

-Close family members could’ve focused on celebrating Nan’s life and comforting each other rather than coping with the trauma and logistics of organising a rapid burial

-Nan’s family and friends would have had more time to say goodbye to her directly and felt involved in her death.

The honour of keeping Nan’s wishes for herself far, far outweighed the difficulties faced. There shouldn’t need to be a practical struggle involved when losing a loved one is hard enough.

We are looking to raise enough money to buy a Flexmort CoverCool Cooling Blanket to lend to families so that others who wish to be kept at home when they die are able to do so knowing their wishes will be carried out with dignity and as little torment for the family members carrying out their wishes.

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    11

    • Andreea Micu

      Andreea Micu

      Aug 21, 2018

      RIP

      £20.00

    • C Dooley

      C Dooley

      Aug 17, 2018

      What a good idea! Good luck with reaching your target xx

      £20.00

    • Mark & Mary Andreanoff

      Mark & Mary Andreanoff

      Aug 11, 2018

      Remembering Dee with very fond memories and love to her lovely family. Mark and Mary xxx

      £50.00

    • Janet Lloyd

      Janet Lloyd

      Jul 23, 2018

      With love and remembering Dee fondly.

      £30.00

    • tony andreanoff

      tony andreanoff

      Jul 22, 2018

      We know how important it was to Dee to have her wishes fulfilled. You all put your own grief to one side to do an amazing thing for Dee. Her graveside is the most poignant locationLove Tony & Traci x

      £50.00

    • Caroline & Nigel

      Caroline & Nigel

      Jul 10, 2018

      Dee is now with her other friends and family, at peace. Wonderfully arranged by all who loved her dearly and brought joy to her life, thank you all for letting us share with you. Nigel & Caroline

      £50.00

    • Caroline McGraw

      Caroline McGraw

      Jul 1, 2018

      Lots of love to you and your family

      £20.00

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