For Kirsten and her family, Christmas is a time they especially remember their young daughter Olivia. Smart and funny, Olivia is remembered for her cheeky voice and love of animals. Filling her phone with pictures of her beloved dog Skye, Olivia was studying to be a veterinarian when she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2015 after experiencing pain in her hip.
When all treatments had been exhausted Olivia asked to come home so she could be near her family, her dog and her guinea pigs. But she wasn’t ready for Karuna then, because Karuna meant end of life care, and they just weren’t ready to face that yet.
We reassured Kirsten and Rick that she’ll know when you will need us and we waited until Olivia was ready to face her transition to end of life care.
And when Olivia called for us, we were there for her for those last couple of months – at home in her bedroom that she loved so much.
“She wouldn’t have had that quality of life without Karuna. The peace of mind that Karuna gave us was great.
We are so grateful, so thankful to Karuna”.
Your generous gift today will help to make sure that we can always be there when people need us.
“We constantly talk about Olivia”
When they talk about Olivia, for a moment it’s like she’s still here. Her room has been kept just as she left it in 2016. Her pet guinea pigs Daisy, Elsa and Poppy are still there too as a reminder of her gentle spirit and love of animals.
Sometimes, even now, people don’t know what to say to a Mum and Dad whose daughter has died.
Kirsten, Rick and Lachlan want you to know that it’s okay to mention Olivia to them.
They might get upset. They might even cry.
But please don’t stop talking about her.
Karuna has a reputation of being a leader in bereavement support and we offer specialist grief and bereavement counselling through all stages of end of life care. This service helps you to keep talking about your loved one.
This support, like all of Karuna’s services, is offered free of charge.
We rely on the support of generous people like you to keep these services available.
Please consider a special Christmas gift to us today.