IN the past seven months, I have had the worst happening a family could have and seen the best of people, both known and unknown.
The worst is the death of my wife Emma whom I have known for 70 years and married for 62 years.
First, I thank all the people who helped Emma, my son Robert and me over this time.
The doctors, nurses and staff at Prendiville Avenue who treated Emma for minor health and preventatives such as flu injections.
The staff of Wizard Pharmacy, Lakeside Joondalup.
The nurses in the pre-operation ward where Emma had packed her bag to come home before the operation. The surgery ward and the recovery ward at Joondalup private hospital after a perfect operation.
The doctors and nurses in the emergency ward at Joondalup where Emma was treated twice for the effects of the chemotherapy as there were signs that the cancer had spread to the liver.
Our thanks go to all the nurses and staff in the different wards in which Emma was. I could not name them all because there were so many.
The nurses and staff in the cancer ward at Hollywood hospital where we were given to understand Emma would not survive above two days. Chemotherapy was stopped and I asked that Emma should be at home. Arrangements very quickly made for Silver Chain to take care of Emma at home for just over six weeks.
A special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and carers at Silver Chain.
Thanks to the barber whom I had never met who gave a very much-needed haircut. When I went to pay, he told me to use the money to buy my wife some flowers.
In addition, many thanks to our close neighbours, our long-time close friends and my nephew who came over from NSW to do some work on the house.
Finally, thanks to Poppy from Simplicity Funerals for her help with the funeral arrangements and to Kevin who conducted the service.
BILL WOOD, Connolly.