David Groth found a place for the love of his life – Ann -- to spend her final days and receive the care she needed at Sentara Hospice House.
Natives of Virginia Beach, the couple met while attending the University of Virginia. After getting married in 1975, they opened David’s Beach Shop on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. David and Ann spent March until October running the shop; then they would enjoy their off months traveling together.
The Groths were in Key West when Ann noticed something was wrong. An avid runner, Ann was short of breath while running. When they came home and visited the doctor, the news was shocking. It was stage 4 lung cancer.
She fought back with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but the cancer eventually spread to her brain and could no longer be treated. When discussing their options for Ann’s final days, a nurse told David about Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach.
The feeling of home
“As soon as I walked up to the front door and saw the beautiful garden I knew this was the right place for Ann,” said David. “The home is so warm and comforting, exactly what we both needed. For me, being able to walk out into the garden or into the spacious family room and take some time to breathe was a huge comfort.”
Ann passed away shortly after, four years after her diagnosis.
“It was indescribably hard to watch the love of my life die without being able to save her,” he said. “I don’t know what I would have done without the Hospice House and the staff. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the care Ann received, allowing her to finally pass in peace.”