During a recent visit to Keech Hospice Care in Luton, England, Prince William consoled a teenager dealing with the loss of his mother. Ben Hines, a 14-year-old with autism, lost his mother to cancer in June 2015. Prince William spoke with him and his family about dealing with grief, drawing on his own experiences from the loss of Princess Diana, his mother.
“Time makes it easier,” he said. “I still miss my mother every day and it’s 20 years after she died. The important thing is to talk about it as a family, it’s okay to feel sad, it’s okay for you to miss her.”
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was at Keech Hospice Care with her husband. They toured the facility and learned more about the services they offer, especially bereavement support and art therapy services. It was Keech’s 25th anniversary and the Duke and Duchess were there to partake of the celebrations.
Ben told the Duke that he has missed his mother and has been struggling with his grief. Prince William recommended that Ben and his family be honest about their feelings, despite how difficult that can be at times. Ben’s brother, Thomas, promised to be more open about his own grief.
The Hines family was delighted by the royal couple’s kindness towards them. “Himself and Kate were incredibly caring and interested in what we had to say,” Gary Hines, Ben and Thomas’s father said in a radio interview. “They put us at ease and were genuinely interested and that made the difference.”