Light up a Life...Remembering Diane

Light up a Life...Remembering Diane

  Published to Other News on Dec 11, 2019

Each year at our moving Light Up a Life services, we hear and share in the stories of families and the loved ones they have lost - remembering them and lighting up a life in their honour at this special time of year.

After attending our Parish Church Service on December 4th in memory of their beloved friend Diane, former Nurses Angela, Barbara, Helen and Sue wanted to share their story with us.


Five young ladies started nurse training at North Manchester General Hospital in 1975. We were excited and nervous, some having left home for the first time ,and even changing countries for Helen, who came over from Dublin. We developed a deep friendship that would prove to last through good times and bad. We each married, had children, moved countries for a while, but always kept in touch and supported each other along the way. Angela, in particular, has been our organizer, ensuring we optimize every opportunity for a 'girl's get together.'

Our dearest Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She fought so bravely for many years, and we feel blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did. She was caring, funny, beautiful and kind. What a lady! She was a wonderful wife to Joe, mother to Sara and Jon, and endeavored to be around for them as long as she possibly could. Bolton Hospice were absolutely fabulous towards the end of our precious friend's time on this earth. We said goodbye in 2002, sat around her bed at the hospice with our traditional schooner of sherry.

We value our continued friendship with Joe, Sara and Jon, enjoying reflecting on Diane's life, giving insight on Diane's earlier years to her children, as they were so young when they lost her. Sara and Jon have grown up to be fine young adults, providing essential support to the NHS, just as their lovely Mum did. We cannot imagine how difficult it was for them to grow up without Diane, but we know they have never been short of unconditional love. Sara invited us to her wedding last week, and even hosted a lunch the day before...how selfless at such a busy time! We are truly blessed to have shared Sara's wedding day. What a wonderful occasion, and such an honor to be part of her special day! We all felt especially close to our dear Diane, watching her beautiful daughter make her vows.



Helen having lived in Cyprus has now returned to Dublin. Sue lived in North Africa for a while and Barbara has retired to Norfolk. Angela remains in North Manchester, where she keeps busy as a District Nurse. For the last 17 years, we have had the pleasure of those of us who have been able,attending the Light up a Life Service at Bolton Parish Church. It's such a special occasion where we can come together with Diane's family and remember the precious times we shared.

Thank you so much to the hospice for the great work they do and of course to the church for hosting such a special service. Angela, Barbara, Helen and Sue.

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