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End of life care: my experience as a nurse and daughter

Nurse Alison Woods describes her contrasting emotions during her mum's final days
Picture shows Alison Woods with her mother. She describes her contrasting feelings as a nurse and a daughter when called to her mother’s bedside as she lay dying.

Nurse Alison Woods describes her contrasting emotions during her mum's final days

A phone call transported me from a career break abroad with my husband and young family into a state of fear and vulnerability when I heard my mum was seriously ill.

I travelled home to England and was soon within the familiar walls of Warrington Hospital, where I had been born, trained as a nursing student and visited on numerous occasions through mum’s long illness.

‘I was aware that other patients and visitors were around, but was unable to contain my emotions’

A rerun of our life together played out in my mind like an old film and I felt a sense of panic that this might be the last instalment.

Mum was alert, but unable to talk to me

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