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My name is Karan Lane and I'm an oncology ward Nurse Unit Manager for St John of God Health Care. I want to tell you about Cuddle Beds and why I'm so passionate about bringing them to my patients.

 

When my own mother passed away I ached for more physical touch and connection, but the restriction of a standard hospital bed made this hard for us both.

I've worked in palliative care for over 15 years and I have seen too many people encounter this at such a difficult time.

Karan Lane at St John of God Murdoch Hospital

When I later learned about the use of Cuddle Beds overseas, I made it my mission to try and bring these wonderful beds to my own patients and their loved ones.

Thanks to support from people like you, our first-ever Cuddle Bed arrived at St John of God Murdoch Hospital last year.

For me, it was a dream come true to be able to offer this deeply compassionate care to my patients. But it's just the beginning.

Now my dream is to see Cuddle Beds across St John of God Hospitals, and across the country. One you've seen the impact like I have, you know how life-changing the beds can be.

Today I am asking for your support to bring ‘Cuddle Beds’ to St John of God Hospitals, to give patients and their loved ones deeper comfort and connection during end of life care.

Chris and Janine in Cuddle Bed at St John of God Murdoch Hosptial

Chris Chalwell was by Janine’s side – in partnership for 45 years – and beside her in the final months of her life as she fought an aggressive cancer that ultimately claimed her life.

“Sleeping next to Janine in the Cuddle Bed brought a feeling of greater comfort to us both, a feeling of greater inner strength and hope. It had a positive part to play in maintaining a deep connection in those challenging times.” – Chris

To understand the precious connection Cuddle Beds can bring, please read Chris' moving personal experience that he has generously shared in his own words.

Whenever Janine and I lay in the Cuddle Bed together, her spirit
visibly lifted.
First-ever Cuddle Bed arrives at St John of God Murdoch Hospital

Having worked in palliative care for over 15 years I've seen people trying to get closer to each other. It can be heartbreaking and have a lasting effect on loved ones. It’s about just being there…without restriction.

Cuddle Beds help to remove physical barriers during end of life care, giving intimate connection and comfort to both critically ill patients and their loved ones.

As caregivers, we do whatever we can to provide the most compassionate care for our patients, but there's just no substitute for the caring intimacy that only a loved one can give. 

Your generous support today can help bring more Cuddle Beds to St John of God Hospitals and give more patients and their loved ones comfort and connection when it is truly needed the most.

Will you send a tax-deductible gift today to help more patients and their loved ones to gain deeper comfort and connection during end of life care?

We’ll never truly know to what extent the Cuddle Bed has impacted families and patients. We have seen how in a very difficult time, the opportunity to be physically closer can contribute to better memories for the family when dealing with the loss of a loved one. 

Your generosity can help people to connect both physically and emotionally at a time when they truly need it the most.

Make a tax-deductible gift today to help bring comfort to people like Chris and Janine

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