There are certain people that you meet in your life that change you. They touch your life in some way or move you towards being someone better. Beryl was one of those people for me.
It was around this time of year back in 2015 I first met Beryl when she acquired my services to look after her feet. I recall her talking enthusiastically about her upcoming 90th birthday the following February. We clicked from the moment I walked in the door so it didn’t take me long at all to become fond of this sweet old lady. It soon became clear to me that what I did for Beryl went beyond just tending to her feet.
My field of work is largely end of life so it goes without saying that it can often be quite sensitive. But its also extremely rewarding to play a part in people’s lives in what will often be some of their final years. This was particularly true in Beryl’s case. I became one of her few connections to the outside world and she would often call me a ‘breath of fresh air.’ She was always eager to hear what I had been up to since the last visit and through my life she got to revisit and relive some of her own memories.
Beryl taught me that kindness has no limits. She also reminded me that you do not have to be related to someone or even know them that well to care or show consideration. I know that I am supposed to be a professional. But I’m also human. So when I received an email last night to tell me that Beryl had passed away peacefully in her sleep, I felt like I had lost a dear friend.