After seeing the advert in the newspaper 4 years ago, I volunteered to become a Befriender. Little did I know how much it would change not only my life and outlook but someone else’s life.
I visited a lady called Catharine every week for over one and a half years. She had never married and didn’t have children, and found herself living on her own at the age of 82 years.
After 4 weeks of visiting, she told me the saddest thing,
“No-one has ever told me that they love me and I’ve never told anyone that I love them”
She had led a very formal childhood with her parents showing little emotion towards her……….
Just before she passed away, she grabbed my hand, squeezing it very hard and said
“Amanda, I have something so important to tell you”
Alarmed, I said “What is it, are you okay?”
“I love you” she said
It was all I could do to hold back the tears when I answered “I love you too”