Burnham-On-Sea couple hold emotional hospice wedding
brave couple from near Burnham-On-Sea have tied the knot, 43 years
after their original wedding, in an emotional 'bitter sweet' ceremony.
64, and Jen, 62, Steward from Watchfield held their ceremony in
the chapel at Weston Hospicecare.
has suffered from a neurological problem for 20 years, which affects
his mobility and he was also diagnosed with lung cancer in September
having several rounds of chemotherapy, which have proved to be
unsuccessful, he then had a few months on a growth inhibitor drug,
which was also unsuccessful. His cancer is incurable.
the couple have been together for 46 years, married for 43, and
feel there is no better time to celebrate the life they have shared.
explains how they had wanted to have the ceremony on a cruise
but due to his illness, it was not possible.
got talking to Karen, the Hospice Chaplain, during one morning
in Day Hospice, telling her that Jen and I had always wanted to
renew our wedding vows. I was upset that we had never achieved
this, but Karen said we could do that at the hospice. I was ecstatic
and couldnt wait to tell Jen."
said: "It felt bitter sweet to me. I didnt want to
think about our marriage blessing in the context of the Hospice,
and how our lives are linked to it. But after discussing it with
Don, I soon came to see how wonderful the idea was."
at the hospice has become very dear to Don and myself since he
started coming here in February. They were so excited once Don
told them about the ceremony and I made some invites to hand out
to everyone the week before."
and Jens special day - held last week - was full of special
touches. "The Chapel was decorated with flowers, arranged
by a Hospice volunteer, in colours that reflected those from our
wedding day all those years ago. Hospice staff put up some personalised
bunting for us and Peter, the chef, arranged a buffet for us and
our guests, as well as a gorgeous cake. We had plenty of photos
taken to remember the day and there was plenty of bubbly to go
adds: "To top it all off, a vintage Beauford car whisked
us off for a stay at the Beachlands Hotel!"
Hospicecare had another surprise for the couple. Karen Murphy,
Chaplain and Spiritual Leader at the Hospice, explained: "In
special circumstances we can sometimes access funding for families
who would benefit from a break or some time away. Fortunately,
we were able to access this funding to pay for their stay at a
added: "Don and Jen are such a fabulous couple that being
able to help them with this has been an honour. Their life is
packed full of wonderful stories and heart warming moments. They
are a couple very much in tune with each other, and I have rarely
met people so grateful for the life they share."
was honoured to be able to bless their marriage here at the Hospice
and give them another fond memory to add to their endless collection."
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am so grateful to the Hospice,
not just for the ceremony, but for their constant care and friendship.
Im a huge advocate of everything they do for me and everyone
else who comes into contact with them."
too has felt the unfaltering support of the Hospice: "I have
never known a more welcoming, supportive or friendly group of
people. Regardless of how difficult it can be to realise you need
Hospice care, there really is nothing else like it. That they
bent over backwards to help us achieve the special day we desperately
wanted is proof of that."