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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Aug 17, 2018
What a good idea! Good luck with reaching your target xx
Mark & Mary Andreanoff
Aug 11, 2018
Remembering Dee with very fond memories and love to her lovely family. Mark and Mary xxx
Jul 23, 2018
With love and remembering Dee fondly.
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
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
Jul 1, 2018
Lots of love to you and your family
Jun 26, 2018
Well done Charlotte and good luck with the fundraising. Your Grandma was a super lady, best wishes to you and your family. Annie
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