77-year-old cancer patient Sheila Marsh was visited in hospital by her horse Bronwen before passing away just hours later. Staff at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, England granted patient Sheila Marsh’s dying wish by wheeling her hospital bed up to the entrance where she could share a tender moment with Bronwen, her horse of 25 years.

This is such a beautiful story of hospital staff going way beyond what is normally considered their duty to make sure a dyng woman could have her last wish. Actually this was probably far more important to Sheila than any of the medical interventions at that stage of her life. Blessings on the staff that made this possible. I remember very clearly how sad I was when my beautiful horse ‘Smartipants’ an old tickies horse who we gave a home to at the end of his life, died while I was giving birth to my son in hospital a few hours away, because I didn’t get the opportunity to say goodbye to him.

This is such a wonderful acknowledgement of the power of the love between people and their animals. No less powerful thn the love between people.

Sheila raised Bronwen from a foal into an adult and was very close to the horse.“Bronwen walked steadily towards Sheila and she gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes.” said bereavement specialist nurse Gail Taylor.

“She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals,” Marsh’s daughter Tina told local media.

Although it’s probably not orthodox for livestock to come into or near a hospital, Pauline Law, deputy director of nursing, said ““This was obviously extremely important to her and her family. We feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care.”

It’s inspiring to see health care workers go above and beyond like that to make someone happy in their final moments.

You can see the whole story here  – Guardian Nov 7, 2014

Family permission photo horse farewelling Sheila