Dr Kate Granger knew her own mind. She shied away from nothing, not least the prospect of her own death.
She approached the end of her life with a remarkable, pragmatic and positive approach, and her touching social media commentary detailing her feelings and treatment might have made some feel uncomfortable but they were neither depressing nor mournful.
Indeed, everything about Dr Granger and her approach to what was happening to her shone with positivity, light and laughter.
How much she can teach us about life - and death. We, who are so unused as a society to talking about the subject – especially to our nearest and dearest.
It is she who will have been behind the fundraising party to celebrate her life. There’s no surprise, either, that she insisted on a ‘no tears’ policy at the event .
Before her death from a rare form of cancer at the age of 34, Dr Granger raised over £250,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds together with her husband Chris Pointon.
Their fundraising total now stands at £272,000 for the centre, with an additional £15,000 collected for St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown, where Dr Granger died.
She also launched the #hellomynameis campaign to promote compassionate care, which has been adopted all over the world and led to Dr Granger receiving an MBE.
That she was a doctor gave it an additional dimension, because she knew the realities of care from the medical professional’s point of view, as well as that of the patient’s.
The party celebrating the consultant geriatrician’s life will be held on October 29 at Aspire in Leeds, with all proceeds going to St Gemma’s Hospice.
Mr Pointon tells the YEP today: “Kate loved a good party... before she died, she told me that she would like a huge celebration in her honour and for everyone to have a happy night – with no crying allowed!”
It is to be hoped that the knowledge of the respect and admiration in which Dr Granger was held is providing comfort to Mr Pointon and all those who mourn her.
We hope the champagne flows aplenty and that many a glass is raised in memory of Dr Granger, a remarkable woman who inspired so many and whose lasting legacy will never be forgotten.
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