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Hospice ‘saved me from grief abyss’

By Jordan Reynolds | Stourport | News | Published:

A woman is calling on bereaved families to unlock the grip of grief after a hospice stopped her from “slipping further into the abyss”.

Margaret and Wint

Kaye Morgan, 64, benefitted from KEMP Hospice’s support after suffering multiple bereavements within two years including the loss of her partner, Allen, and mother, Margaret.

Following the death of her father, Wint, in 2008, Kaye became a carer for her mother as well as looking after Allen who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

In December 2016, Allen passed away at the age of 72 after a long illness before her mother’s two sisters died in the space of three months.

Allen

As well as losing several close friends, Kaye, from Stourport, said she reached breaking point when her 94-year-old mother died of pneumonia in January 2019.

The long list of events had a big impact on Kaye’s mental health before she reached out to KEMP for bereavement support.

“KEMP came at the right time because I was slipping further into the abyss,” Kaye said.

“They got me out of a very dark place that I didn’t want to be in.

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Kaye Morgan

“It had been a really tough few years due to multiple bereavements. It was just one crisis after another.

“It is only looking back now that you think ‘how did I get through all of that?’ But you find the strength from somewhere.”

Kaye said she had lost count of the number of times she had broken down in public due to her grief. But thanks to KEMP’s bereavement services, Kaye was able to get her life into perspective.

“I just wasn’t coping at all well,” Kaye said.

“It was a huge relief as I felt like I could open up and deal with this.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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