Paula chose to remember her husband by using the online Memory Garden and shared her husband Ian's stories with us in this blog.

'My dedication is in memory of my husband Ian. We were married in 1981 and have two children, Darren and Kirstie, and 3 grand children, following the birth of my new grandson yesterday, although sadly Ian never got to meet any of them.'

'We had a very happy marriage and always enjoyed the simple things in life, like going for walks, enjoying family times and socialising with friends. Our house was full of love and laughter and I have so many special memories.' 

'His great sense of humour, and his love and dedication to his family. Also his ability to often get the wrong end of the stick when playing games, but always joining in the banter and along with the rest of the us, would laugh at himself.'

'I love this photo as it was taken at my son and daughter in laws' wedding in Cyprus, following Ian’s chemotherapy and shortly after his operation. It was a very special time as we were unsure if we were going to be able to travel but fortunately we could, also most of our family were there, which made it extra special.'

'It makes me feel happy that I am supporting the hospice by making a dedication in the memory garden, whilst keeping Ian’s memory alive. As the saying goes..... people never die if they live on the lips of the living.'

'I wrote his dedication on the 3rd anniversary of when I lost Ian as it seemed the ideal time to put my thoughts into words.'

'I would really recommend making a dedication, whether its just a few words or a poem, as I have found it really helps putting thoughts into words and expressing your feelings..'

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