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Bereavement nurse awarded for the compassion she gives to families

Natasha Christmas with a memory box

Bereaved families receive the best possible care after experiencing the loss of a loved one thanks to Natasha Christmas, a dedicated clinical nurse specialist at Basildon Hospital.

And Natasha has now been given a monthly Values Award which honours Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust staff who showcase its values of being Excellent, Compassionate and Respectful.

When possible, Natasha’s dedication has included giving grieving families a special memory box, something that will be cherished forever and provide some comfort during such a difficult time. 

This box has included a fingerprint keyring, locks of hair and forget me not seeds. Even when family members are out of touch, she will find a way to make sure her support is offered.

Natasha was the first bereavement nurse of her kind across Essex, and the first in the UK to be sponsored by Macmillan. She said: “It’s a great privilege to support families who have lost loved ones and to help bring some comfort and peace with the little things that we can do and offer.

“To see the difference I make to their lives makes all the work worthwhile, in what can be a sad but highly rewarding role.”

Emma Stein, medical examiner officer, who nominated Natasha, said: “The care and compassion that Natasha gives to patients and families is extremely touching and leads the way for us all.

“She helps families reach acceptance and closure, which is not an easy job. This recognition is very well deserved.”

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