My late wife Jenny Barnes did not wish to have a death notice posted however I am free to write this letter.
Jenny passed away Sunday, January 5 after a long battle with brain cancer and I wish to thank all of the staff at Armitage House, both medical and ancillary for the wonderful way that they took care of Jenny and of the family and visitors.
Many thanks also to Dr Rajasooria for supporting Jenny and the family throughout.
Jenny was a nurse at the Wonthaggi Hospital and her sisters took her under their wing saying that they felt privileged to be able to care for Jenny at the end of life.
According to instructions there was no funeral as Jenny was to be buried at Mount Elephant near Camperdown by Upright Burials who will plant a tree nearby. Elephants never forget and we will never forget Jenny.
Jenny has left a legacy in that she actively campaigned for the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation which comes into effect later this year.
As it turns out Jenny passed peacefully and would not have needed to access the scheme.
Jenny also suggested that the Freemasons donate a palliative care trolley to the hospital which we have done and is being put to good use.
This trolley can be viewed in the palliative care visitors’ room in Armitage House.
In lieu of flowers donations to the hospital can still be made in person at reception either by cheque payable to Bass Coast Health endorsed Jenny Barnes on the back or posting to PO Box 120 3995, or by calling 5671 3333 in order to make donation by credit card reference Jenny Barnes.
These donations need to be referenced to Jenny as they will be tracked and merged with what will be a large community fundraising campaign later this year which will be used to purchase equipment for the new hospital development.
Ken Barnes, Inverloch.