Who would you turn to if your child died suddenly?
As parents, it is our worst nightmare. Tragically for Karen, it was one that came true when her gorgeous daughter Chloe died after the tractor she was driving overturned.
Karen turned to Tŷ Gobaith.
I will never forget Karen’s anguish when she told me she had thought the worst time of her life was telling Chloe and her brother Brad, who were then just ten and eight, that their dad had died. She never imagined her anguish when twelve years later she would have to tell her son that his sister had died too. Karen was distraught. She couldn’t bear to think of her vibrant, healthy daughter in a hospital mortuary or a funeral home. When she heard Chloe could be brought to Tŷ Gobaith’s Snowflake Suite, Karen could breathe again, it felt like Chloe was coming home. “I gave the nurses Chloe’s favourite clothes, they dressed her and did her hair and make-up. She looked beautiful. Her friends came and put an angel wing bracelet on her wrist so they would always be with her. We played her Ed Sheeran CD and burned her favourite candles. We never left her side. We each said goodbye in our own way and in our own time.
“Those days in the Snowflake Suite gave us Chloe back again. Tŷ Gobaith have given us the strength to carry on.”
Sadly, Karen isn’t alone. Every week three local families face the pain of losing their child. We can only afford to help one and this breaks our hearts.