Hi everyone. My name is Kay Hamilton.
Originating from a Somerset town in the West Country, I moved to Bristol to do my nurse training in 1979. It was during my nurse training that I discovered the area I really connected with , understood and had a passion for, was Intensive Care Nursing. This led me to London to do the Intensive Care Nursing course and subsequent Staff Nurse and Sister’s posts.
Once my first two children were born, we decided to move back to Bristol. Twenty-seven years ago - and here I still am! My three children have all been raised here and what a city to reside in! We all love it and feel very blessed and lucky to be able to live in such a beautiful place.
The intensive care nursing career led me to taking a post, twenty-five years ago, as a Transplant Coordinator in a local Bristol hospital. This career became my passion and lasted until I retired last year.
This nursing experience involved caring for many patients who became deceased organ donors, (most of them as a result of a sudden death). Supporting the acutely bereaved families, friends and loved ones of the patient, to be able to carry out the deceased person’s wishes regarding organ donation was a vital part of the role, and I felt very honoured and privileged to be a part of this.
Kindness, empathy, sympathy, understanding, listening and comforting were all vital parts of this role. This nursing was challenging but varied, harrowing but offering a tiny element of comfort through their personal tragedy - something positive arising from something so dreadful. Likewise, it was also an enormous privilege, pleasure and honour to be involved in the recipient side of the role.
Ceremonies will be different for every individual occasion, and with the personal career and life experience gained, I will be sensitive to the requirements and also be able to offer a sense of humour when the occasion is right and seemly.
Such experiences will help me be able to offer a ceremony for bereaved families, couples intending to marry, naming a child, couples wishing to renew their vows, civil partnership, in fact, a ceremony for any occasion.
Together we can create and develop a unique, personalised, individual, bespoke ceremony that is exactly right for the occasion and the people involved. We can devise a ceremony that is perfect in every way, reflecting the involved character’s lives, hopes, dreams and experiences.
Everyone loves a good story - so let's tell it together in a way that can be uplifting without losing respect, if a funeral, or in a light-hearted way if a family celebration ceremony- whatever or however you wish it to be.