The elderly shouldn’t need to wait until they’re dead to experience the kindness of strangers

food for thought…


On Monday hundreds of strangers are expected to attend the funeral of military veteran Harold Jellicoe ‘Coe’ Percival following a plea for mourners.

The former RAF serviceman died aged 99 at a care home in Lancashire, with funeral directors appealing for attendees after realising he had no friends or family who could attend his funeral.

The appeal quickly gained attention online and it now appears Mr Percival will have a more than fitting send off, but I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of sadness about the whole thing.

While it’s touching that so many people want to pay their respects to a complete stranger, wouldn’t it have been wonderful if Mr Percival had experienced this support while alive?

Thousands of people, some military veterans, many more not, reside in care homes across the country.

Many of those have infrequent visitors, some have none at all.

Recently my grandmother…

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