‘Truly amazing’: Campbell River Hospice helps couple with end-of-life marriage


The word LOVE spelled in big letters outside was all you needed to know about what was happening inside a Campbell River facility Tuesday.

Groom-to-be Sean Adelburg was busy with final preparations and couldn’t wait to see his bride in a few minutes.

“The big day is here. I am just so excited. I never thought we’d get this opportunity to have this day,” he told CHEK News.

And down the hall, Mary Davidson was counting down the minutes as well.

“I’m starting to get nervous, yep, nervous but sure of it,” Davidson said.

There was so much joy and happiness, but it was also bittersweet.

The wedding was taking place at the Campbell River Hospice Society because Mary has brain cancer and limited time left.

“The doctor goes and tells me my whole brain is pretty much cancer now,” she said.

“And, you know, it’s a year later today, April 2nd is when this all started with Mary and her first seizure, and we are just so ecstatic, just so happy that we get this chance to do this and get married today,” said Adelberg.

The Hospice Society organized the wedding, and everything from food to the arch was donated by community businesses.

“We put out an appeal on Facebook and the community really responded,” said executive director Louise Daviduck. “And that’s what hospice is about. We’re here for people at end of life to utilize those last moments, that last bit of time they have together.”

And finally, it was time.

The couple read their vows to each other, and Sean sang “You Are My Sunshine” to Mary as about 20 family members, friends, and people from hospice looked on.

Some family members even came from as far as the U.K., and everyone got in the spirit to support the mousy theme and Mary’s affection for mice.

Her nickname is even Mousy Mary.

“It is my honour and delight to declare you joined together in mousy matrimony. You may now seal your vows with a kiss,” declared the pastor.

“It’s been truly amazing, the support that we’ve had,” Sean said after the ceremony. “Oh my goodness, when she first came in, that dress was just amazing. I was expecting her to look beautiful, but I wasn’t expecting to be so overwhelmed just being able to actually see this day come to fruition.”

“The wedding is way overwhelming, the community support is way overwhelming. It’s just fantastic,” added the newly married Mary.

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