Five Things I learnt when my husband Seth died just 33 days after being diagnosed with cancer by Lesley Goodburn.

By Lesley Goodburn   whose husband, Seth, died from pancreatic cancer, just 33 days after diagnosis

By Lesley Goodburn
whose husband, Seth, died from pancreatic cancer, just 33 days after diagnosis

  1. At the end of someone’s life, time is an emotion not a commodity. It’s a profound, moving and emotional experience, not something to be counted or measured by the ticking of a clock. 

  2. At the end of someone’s life, healthcare professionals need to have brave, courageous and important conversations with people, not difficult conversations. 

  3. Complete strangers can sense a deep visceral loss and often those who have experienced bereavement and grief can intuitively sense the same in you, without the need for explanation. 

  4. Two people who love each other can experience a moment of deep and meaningful connection as death draws near. That connection of two people into a shared ‘oneness’ is profound, deeply moving and life affirming for the person who is left behind. 

  5. You can find the inner strength to share the most heartbreaking and deeply personal story to affect change for others approaching the end of their lives. Through that experience you can take forward and build a legacy in memory of the person who has died - #SethsLegacy.

Lesley Goodburn

About Lesley Goodburn
Lesley Goodburn has been campaigning for person and family centred compassionate care at end of life  since the death of her husband Seth. She has shared their story via a film, a play and an educational resource called
Homeward Bound which is available from the Hospice UK website. She also raises funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer in support of Pancreatic Cancer UK in Seth’s memory.
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