The current situation with Coronavirus is hard for all of us but for those living on their own, unable to see their family and friends, it can make feelings of loneliness even worse.
Jane Taylor from Nantwich lost her husband Kevin, her “soul mate”, in 2017 and is now self-isolating with her rescue dog Rosie due to her own health problems.
Fortunately Jane is still being supported throughout this difficult time by weekly calls from her St Luke’s counsellor. Jane wanted to share her story to highlight how valuable the service is to her.
She explains: “The support from my counsellor has been amazing, I’d be lost without her. She really helped me when I lost Kevin, but prior to that I was dealing with the knowledge that I was going to lose him and her support was just invaluable.”
Kevin died shortly after the couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. He had been diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma and died at the age of 66.
Jane said: “I cherished that last year with him. Every moment, every hour of the day, I cherished the time I had with him.
“The counselling sessions enabled me to dig deep and find my strength, and enabled me to stay strong for Kevin. When things were getting too much and I needed to cry I could do that safely with my counsellor, without burdening Kevin with my feelings.
“Kevin was the love of my life and after he died I went into a really dark place. At times I wondered if I could carry on without him. But my counsellor has been just brilliant, she has helped me through. I can’t thank St Luke’s enough for what they did for Kevin and me, and how they are continuing to support me even now.”