This story is from a Secondary school pupil who was part of a joint venture between St Catherine’s Hospice Preston and Archbishop Temple School Preston. The project was run under the title ‘Body Image’ and looked at death and dying in our culture.
"I would like to thank you for being part of my St Catherine’s Hospice experience. I have learnt a lot over these last few weeks, and it’s really helped me to come to terms with the death of two of my friends. It’s made me accept that death is a part of life, and even though their deaths could have been prevented, I know that she is now in a good place.
Before this whole experience, death was something I really feared. Even though I knew that it was going to happen to everyone, I didn’t want to ever come upon friends, my family or me. Seeing two of my closest friends die in front of me didn’t give me the best standpoint on death this experience has changed it completely. I realised now that death is something that I shouldn’t be scared of and that we will eventually all go to a better place. I think that now I will be a lot more levelheaded when it comes to death and illness, because of everything that this opportunity has given me. It’s also made me realise that we should live our lives to the fullest whist we still have them."