“Lamorna’s heart will stand proudly in the garden, where we can sit and remember how bright her light shone.”

4th March 2022

Aly Gratrick has dedicated an ironwork heart in memory of her beloved daughter, Lamorna, who sadly died age 27 following a series of complex health issues.

Aly said, “Lamorna loved life, loved to be outside and loved to be surrounded by people. Along with her sister Verity, they are the lights of my life and I am so proud of everything they have achieved.

“Lamorna was diagnosed as a brittle diabetic in 2008, and as a consequence of this, she had many health issues including epilepsy and fibromyalgia. She had well over 70 admissions to hospital and never complained, even when many resulted in staying in intensive care. She also spent birthdays, Christmas, New Year, Easter and many other holidays in hospital.

“I think Lamorna was definitely at her happiest in Lindos, which is where I got married and then renewed my vows ten years later. Our friends out there all loved here and watched her grow into a beautiful young woman.

“Sadly, they could all see her health deteriorating too, but they never judged her and only offered love and kindness. I am truly grateful for all their support. We would go to the church in the village during our holidays to light candles for loved ones, and now the locals donate to the church so that the bell rings for Lamorna and her name is read in prayers.

“Lamorna’s long battle ended on 16th June 2020, and that was when ours began. How do you ever get used to not having your best friend and daughter around?

“Our home now feels so empty without my beautiful girl, and the animals miss her dearly as she spent her days with them. No one should ever have to lose their child at any age.

“She died in the middle of the pandemic so we couldn’t give her the send off she deserved, but I feel very fortunate that I work as a funeral director and could conduct her funeral myself. I cared for her right to the end and was able to ensure she passed over safely. As the person who brought her into the world, I feel proud that I was able to do this last thing for her.

“We are in the process of making a special place in the garden for Lamorna, and I can’t wait for Verity to come back for a visit so we can get it finished. Lamorna’s heart will stand proudly in the garden, where we can sit and remember how bright her light shone.

“Because of my job, I see so many people who have been supported by St Barnabas Hospice, which is why I always try to support such a worthy charity whenever I can. In the past I have volunteered at the Hospice doing gardening and painting, as well as taking part in the Colour Dash and Light up a Life. The Forever in our Hearts appeal is such a beautiful way to remember loved ones, and I know Lamorna would approve of us remembering her in this way.

“My dedication reads: ‘Lamorna #Forever27, our precious daughter taken far too soon. We love and miss you every second of every day and our lives will never be the same again. Your smile would light a whole room and your heart was so big that you always saw the best in everyone. You battled every day for so long and if I could change places with you, I would in a heartbeat.”

Aly’s story highlights just how important the Forever in our Hearts appeal is for helping families remember loved ones in such a beautiful way. By donating for an ironwork heart, you will be directly helping the Hospice to support more people across Lincolnshire. Visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/foreverhearts to order yours today.


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