In memoriam: Janet Wood

Omega the National Association for End of Life Care is sad to announce the death of Janet Wood following a long illness.

Janet was an inspirational, community-spirited woman who cared passionately about people. She conscientiously served Omega for over 12 years, latterly in a voluntary capacity as an Omega Patron. Based at the Charity’s office in Shrewsbury, Janet was a familiar figure to Omega clients across Wolverhampton and beyond.

She had a deep understanding of the many complex issues faced by family caregivers, especially those struggling with challenging caring responsibilities in later life. Janet’s local knowledge and her ability to reach out to people helped to shape our approach. She was instrumental in launching two Wolverhampton Carer Forums, lively Outreach and Information Events and a network of Meeting Point Support Groups including the Saturday morning Whitmore Reans Autism Carers Group. In addition to managing finance and administration she also delivered successful community learning sessions and helped Omega secure some long-term partnerships. Popular with colleagues and supporters, Janet was a calming influence who always brought out the best in people.

Omega Chairman Linton Waters said:

“Janet made a huge contribution to the work of Omega. She was an immensely versatile woman and a good friend. She had many special qualities. Janet combined enthusiasm and kindness with sound judgment and had supported the Omega Board and the Director since 2009. We shall all miss her. We send our heartfelt condolences to Janet’s husband Brian and her daughters Kerry and Emma, and their families.”

Director Thomas Memery said:

“Janet’s warmth and kindness was infectious. She reached out to people who others had left behind; she listened carefully and was a calming influence. In short, Janet was a good person who made good things happen. We will remember her with fondness and admiration.”

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