In CP1 at The Scarborough Hospital’s General campus there sits a vase that means more than its appearance might portray.
The antique vase with a handle is covered in flowers and frequently is filled with them too, colourful ones that Barbara Harvey would have liked.
The vase belonged to Barbara’s grandmother and when she died last year her husband Earle Knight donated the family keepsake to the staff and nurses who looked after his beloved wife in her final days.
“To me, it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen,” Earle said.
Barbara passed away on May 4, 2012 and Earle has come by regularly to drop off a bouquet of fresh flowers to fill the vase. He says he picks out flowers she would have liked, adding she liked colourful flowers but wasn’t much of a fan of roses.
The visits are an opportunity for him to return to the place where he and his wife of 62 years spent their final days together. He says he developed such a connection to the staff and to the halls and room in which his wife was cared for before she died that he still feels close to Barbara in this place; it’s a spiritual connection.
“I bring the flowers to come to say hello to the staff and my wife,” he says.