Our dear beautiful son Henry aged 25, died peacefully at Dorchester County Hospital on Easter Sunday (04/04/2021), twelve days before his 26th Birthday and poignant as he was born on an Easter weekend.
The local ambulance car, and the assisting paramedic teams were fantastic and arrived on both days within minutes to try and save Henry, and as a local community we need to pull together, sign the petitions and keep our services here in Swanage.
Henry at the age of 19 was given 12 to 14 months to live after being diagnosed with the most aggressive form of Brain Cancer.
With the support, generosity and kindness of family, friends, local community charities, far reaching communities of fundraisers, medical professionals and strangers worldwide, Henry was given more precious years of quality life. With his treatments he travelled worldwide mainly to India where he made new friends and classed them as family.
From the day of his diagnosis, Henry faced his challenges with positivity and bravery. He approached his illness as a minor inconvenience, that allowed him to continue to lead his life to the full, until shortly before his demise,
Henry’s passing was brief and with little pain and surrounded by his close family. Thanks go out to all the staff at Dorchester County hospital, who treated him with respect and dignity, and allowed his passing to be peaceful and for a family to have closure.
The family would like to thank everyone for their fantastic support for Henry over the years, which allowed these years to be enjoyed and pact full of life.
It is hoped that Henry will be remembered in a positive and loving way, and for those of you that crossed his path we would love to hear your memories.
As his parents, siblings, family and friends we loved him so much. He was the most courageous person we have ever known, and if you saw him during his illness or bumped into him and asked him how he was, he would always say “I’m good thanks”. He was a true inspiration to us all and he was such a kind, generous and peaceful person.
We must ensure that we move forward with his positivity to make sure that his memory lives on. This can be done by supporting local charities that helped Henry, (CANCARE) and a charity of one of his friends who also suffered a heart-breaking loss (WILLDOES). So on this heart-breaking note we know Henry is at peace and with us always, and we ask that any funds left from the GOFUNDME page are used to help others fighting any battles in their lives, and we will continue to support those charities.
Due to COVID restrictions there will be a small service as per the government guidelines. Once the full restrictions are lifted the family and friends will be arranging an event to celebrate Henry’s life and love of music. We will keep you updated.
With Love and Thanks. The Searle Family.