It is hard for me to express in words how much you have done for us as a family during the last days of my Fathers life but I am going to try.
Being beside Dad in his final days was something I so much wanted to do. I thought it might be hard to achieve but I had underestimated the generosity of Middletown Grange, which enabled me to stay close by and provided me with the support, good food and so many cups of tea.
The way you all cared for my father has impressed us all in many different ways. Lots of faces come to mind as I write but I shall not try to name you all for fear of leaving someone out. The level of care that he received was outstanding – a mixture of loving care and high professional skill.
But what will remain in my memory for the rest of my life is how so many of you slipped in to his room for a last goodbye. We were all so moved to see how much he was loved. His life has not always been easy and it was good to know that he ended his life among friends.