Annestene Kettledas


1. What is your name?
Annestene Kettledas

2. Which hospice do you work for?
St Francis Hospice

3. What do you do there?
Health Care Worker

4. How long have you been there?
13 years


1. Why did you decide to focus on palliative care?
I didn’t know much about palliative care when I started at hospice.

2. What gives you the greatest fulfilment?
To work at hospice with love.

3. What do you find the most challenging?
The sadness of death and saying goodbye.

4. What do you think people find the most challenging about a life-threatening diagnosis?
Seeing your loved one suffer – the pain.

5. What do you think that you personally bring to your job that reflects who you are as a person?
A smile with pain.

6. How do you take care of your own health and balance?
I try to have a healthy balanced diet and take walks when I can.

7. What is your advice to anyone else wishing to join your profession?
To have love for patients and to have the ability to listen.

8. What is your advice to anyone given a life-threatening diagnosis?
To live life to the fullest of your ability and be positive. Nobody knows their time of death.

9. What is your advice to the loved ones of anyone who is given a life-threatening diagnosis?
To spend time and enjoy time to the fullest.

10. How do your loved ones feel about the work that you do?
Happy and supportive.

11. What do you like the most about the hospice that you work with?

12. Do you have a “motto” that you tend to live by that you would like to share?
Yesterday is gone you will never find tomorrow but today is here live it make the most of it.