When Marilyn passed away, part of my soul died. We’d been married for 43 years and we lived for each other. We did everything together.
The first eight months I had no appetite, it’d get to 4pm and I’d have to remind myself to eat. I was heartbroken. A nurse at the Royal Oldham Hospital suggested that I come to Maggie’s.
I can remember my first visit so well. Nervously I walked through the door and there was a lovely warm atmosphere. A friendly volunteer offered me a cup of tea and I sat with the centre head for an hour whilst I talked about how I was feeling. She was the listening ear I so needed.
I was also introduced to the Psychologist for one to one bereavement support. These sessions helped me to come to terms with my loss and supported me through the grieving process. I soon realised that
I’m not on my own. Maggie’s has given me the opportunity to meet others who understand how I’m feeling.
Through attending different groups, I’ve made friends – people that I can really talk to.
There is always a warm welcome for everyone who visits Maggie’s. The kettle is always on, and now that my appetite is back, I enjoy the cakes too!
I’ll always miss Marilyn but Maggie’s gives me, and so many others, security and comfort.