Case:- Mrs H.P.(Plymouth)

Great efforts are made to help the families and loved ones of those dying from the condition. For example, when a ‘phone call was received from a specialist oncology nurse advising ‘Henry’ of a 38 year old mother of an eight year old daughter, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had just 10 weeks left to live, the Trust arranged a day out at the National Marine Aquarium with the personal welcome and attention from the ‘ops’ manager for the extended family. When the Trust learnt from a personal visit to the patient by David Snelling, that her father had died a month before her prognosis was confirmed, Operation Henry was asked to provide some practical help with the scattering of precious ashes. An ex-Navy man, it had been his wish that his ashes should be scattered at sea.. First, it was necessary to establish that her father had been in the Royal Navy in order to qualify for a ‘burial at sea’. Investigations established that he was indeed a submariner and through negotiations with the Chaplaincy Office at H.M.S. Drake, Plymouth, arrangements had to be made for an appropriate casket to be manufactured by a local Funeral Director . Secondly, when the day of committal arrived, Operation Henry arranged for the Royal Navy to pick up the patient’s family from home, take them on board and scatter the ashes in the allocated committal area at sea. The family returned home content with the knowledge that the patient’s and her daughter’s wishes of their father and grandfather had been fulfilled – thanks to Operation Henry.

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