Dying Woman Says Final Goodbye to Beloved Horse and Dogs From Hospice Bed

A terminally ill woman in England was able to give a touching final goodbye to her beloved horse and two dogs from her hospice bed.

Jan Holman, 68, was given the chance to say a final goodbye to her horse Bob and two King Charles Spaniels Monty and Rowley from her bed at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester, in northern England.

Holman had been moved to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd a month before and had missed spending time with her animals.

In a Facebook post shared on Wednesday, a hospice spokesperson said: "Following her arrival at the hospice, our care team soon discovered that patient Jan Holman had some very special friends in her life and following a spell of four weeks in hospital she was missing them desperately.

"These friends were none other than her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Monty and Rowley along with Bob, a very handsome 15.2 piebald Cob."

Emotive photographs shared by the hospice showed Jan reaching out to pet Bob through the window and also holding one of her dogs that was brought to her bedside.

While Holman was unable to get out of bed, she was happy to touch Bob one more time after staff wheeled her bed close to the window.

According to the hospice spokesperson, Bob was able to put his head through the open window and nuzzled her neck and lap.

Jan pictured with her two dogs
Jan pictured with her two dogs at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester, England. Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Holman's husband Dennis, who she has been married to for 46 years, said he was delighted that his wife could say a final goodbye to her beloved pets.

In the same Facebook post, Dennis added: "It was just such a relief once Jan was moved from the hospital to the hospice in Chester and we were able to have named visitors who could come and see Jan regularly, however, we never imagined that we would be able to include our dogs Monty and Rowley and Jan's horse Bob on the visiting list."

Holman later added: "I just can't believe what the staff here at the hospice have done for me. Until a few weeks ago I was still riding Bob every day and he is such an important part of my life, and I have missed him so much.

"I knew that arranging for my dogs to visit was possible as we had a neighbor who was a patient at the hospice a few years ago and we were allowed to bring the dogs to visit her, but I just didn't expect that they would ever be able to give me the chance to see Bob one more time"

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd said it wanted to meet the various needs of its patients during their time there.

A hospice spokesperson added: "The ethos of hospice care is not just about caring for the clinical needs of our patients but also looking after their emotional and spiritual needs as well.

"It's about making a difference to our patients and their families in whatever way we can."

Newsweek has contacted the Hospice of Good Shepherd for comment.

Jan pictured with her horse Bob
Jan Holman pictured reaching out to her horse Bob from her hospice bed in Chester, England. Hospice of the Good Shepherd