My sister, Emma, had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and received particularly unsupportive, dismissive and negative care from her consultant.
Emma had never had never had any sort of therapy in her life, even after being diagnosed with cancer 5 years earlier. She had such a fear of opening up to someone, of going over childhood memories, marital issues and her own daughter’s autism and then her own terminal diagnosis. However as soon as she met Hannah she was able to talk about all these issues. Emma told me that she had never met anyone like Hannah before and she was incredibly grateful that she was in her life when she needed her most.
Hannah worked with Emma to help her cope with her terminal diagnosis, clear past concerns and worries, she gave her support at any time, day or night, she gave her coping mechanisms, helped her with her sleeping problems and to relax, helped her approach helping her children and to work through her marriage difficulties. Hannah was always confidential and most importantly she listened to Emma.
During this time Hannah also helped me in the lead up to Emma’s passing with counselling and hypnotherapy. I had a huge fear about what was to come and what to expect. Hannah’s experience helped me learn what to expect from the stages of death so that I could prepare myself. She gave me advice on how to help Emma, how to support our mother and my own four children. She also gave me advice that helped me handle the relationship between my mother and sister at this difficult time.
Hannah was the only person, other than myself, that Emma wanted to see during her last 10 days at the hospice. It was easy for me and for the hospice staff to have Hannah coming into the hospice to see Emma as she fitted in well and was a subtle presence.
On the day Emma’s died Hannah accompanied my husband to the hospice to collect me and she helped him prepare to cope with my bereavement process.
After Emma passed away I fell apart and had huge anxiety about being able to read the Eulogy at her funeral. Hannah gave me a session of hypnotherapy which was unbelievably helpful. She gave me coping strategies and I managed to read to 250 people without crying. This was amazing considering I couldn’t even speak without crying before the hypnotherapy session.
One last point to make is that Hannah knows when to step away without leaving you with that feeling of being deserted. She empowers you to approach daunting scenarios in your life at the right time.