A 14-year-old boy named Billy decided to sing to his mother through a hospice window before she took her last breath.
How do you say goodbye to the person you love the most? There's no right answer to this question because people find their own little way to say their final goodbyes. As for a 14-year-old boy, he decided to sing to his mother through a hospice window before she took her last breath. Jane Devine had been terminally ill in the months before her demise but that fact did not make her final moments any less heartbreaking. Due to the coronavirus restrictions last year, her son Billy could not see her in person. Despite this, he wanted to do something sweet for his mother while she was still alive and so he stood in the gardens at Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, alongside his friend, Ellie Marie Scott, and sang a beautiful rendition of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's 'Shallow.'
"I love to sing, and my mum always loved to hear me sing, so I thought it would be the perfect surprise to sing her favourite song whilst she was staying at Ashgate," said the teenager explaining the reason behind the decision for the touching gesture. "It felt like the performance of a lifetime. I’ll never forget the look on my mum’s face as she watched from the window of her room. Just remembering it now gives me goosebumps." According to Mirror, Devine was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2019 and tragically passed away on September 7, 2020, just days after her son's emotional performance.
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Billy, who loved his mother with all his heart, has kept her alive in his memories. "Mum was such a caring person, she spent most of her life looking after other people and spending time with her family," he said of Jane. "She was such a strong and positive person to be around, even after she was diagnosed, she was determined to face the cancer head-on. Unfortunately, no matter how hard mum fought, this wasn’t going to be a battle she could win." When Jane could no longer fight the disease, she was placed in hospice so that the remainder of her days were as comfortable as possible.
"That’s when she went to Ashgate Hospicecare and I can honestly say that the care she received was amazing, it is a very welcoming and comforting place, not just for mum but for the whole family," added the young boy who grieves the death of his mom. "I am incredibly grateful to the hospice for helping us organise this special moment, truly one none of us will ever forget," he added thanking the establishment and its staff. Bill and his family also raised £4,000 ($5,310.50) for Ashgate Hospicecare through a number of fundraising initiatives as a way to express their gratitude for their service. "It has been a real honour to raise money for Ashgate Hospicecare and to be able to repay some of the kindness they showed to our family when we needed it most," he added.
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