Natalie Bruno and her family are supporting City Hospice’s Forever Flowers campaign in memory of a very special man
The Bruno family support Forever Flowers following the sad loss of a much loved husband, Dad and Bamp
Natalie kindly shares her story:
“In November 2020 we sadly received the diagnosis that my dad John had stage 4 kidney cancer. We were shocked to receive this devastating news and City Hospice were soon there to care for Dad and support us as a family.
From the very first visit with the Doctor and our nurse, we knew we were in safe hands. We appreciated the time taken to fully explain Dad’s illness. From support with aids to enable Dad to stay at home safely, advice regarding financial matters to the wonderful nursing care, the support was excellent. Whenever Mum or Dad needed help it was always at hand. It was even more difficult due to the pandemic as Mum was shielding too to keep Dad safe and we were unable to come together as a family, as often as we would have liked.
Our nurse Cat, got to know Dad as a person not just a patient
Something we will always be so grateful for is that Cat took the time to really get to know Dad as a person not just a patient. He was such a character, and it took Cat no time at all to bond with him and he trusted her. She was also there to support my Mum and us as a family during this really difficult time and helped us navigate our way through it.
Just 10 months after Dad was diagnosed, he sadly passed away in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family which was his wish. I have no doubt that without the support of City Hospice this wouldn’t have been possible.
Cardiff Castle has always been a special place to us as a family, I have memories of days out with my Mum and Dad as a child and the tradition carried on with their grandchildren. Lyra has enjoyed many a day out there too so to be part of Forever Flowers at Cardiff Castle is fitting. It will be lovely to visit the display and have a flower there dedicated to a much loved and greatly missed Husband, Dad, Bamp.