Jayne was awarded RCSLT Honours and received the Eileen Macleod Award for research from RCSLT. She has been nominated for a Fellowship for her extensive contributions to College and development of the speech and language therapy profession.
Jayne made the journey through cancer with great courage. She was generous in sharing it with her family and friends. It was a privilege to be kept near and dear throughout.
She died the way she lived, graciously and with her beauty shining through.
Jayne’s family and friends were most important to her. She had her husband Phil, brother Peter and close friends around her when she died, looking peaceful, on January 25.
She is greatly missed by all of us, particularly her husband Phil, mother Sheila and brother and sister-in-law Peter and Joelene. Jayne’s close circle of friends continues to meet, which is a tribute to her.
Phil wishes to express his gratitude to the large number of people who came to Jayne’s funeral and sent cards and letters. “I haven’t been able to acknowledge them all in person, but every one meant a great deal to me,” Phil says.
There will be a bench in Greenwich Park as a memorial to Jayne with her ashes scattered under a tree nearby. You are welcome to visit.
Visit: http://jaynecomins.blogspot.com/ to see tributes to Jayne. Perhaps you could
make your own.
An ambassador for speech and language therapy RCSLT CEO Kamini Gadhok summed up Jayne’s contribution to the profession and the RCSLT when she was asked to make a short comment for a recent obituary piece.
“Jayne was a dynamic and enthusiastic advocate of the role of speech and language therapists for individuals with voice disorders,” Kamini said.
“A natural entertainer, she always rose to the challenge of speaking to the media, appearing on television and radio, and bringing the issue of voice care to the attention of the wider community.
“Given Jayne’s dedication to the profession and others, and her ongoing support of the
work of the RCSLT, her untimely death has come as a great sadness to all who knew and worked with her.”
A letter to a friend
Jayne worked at the RCSLT in a number of guises. She began as part-time information officer in 1991, balancing the role with her clinical work. As the then Professional Director Shirley Davis comments, “she was marvellous at dealing with RCSLT members and the general public.”
Later, Jayne took on roles at the Bulletin with editor Sally Heath, represented the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice as an observer on the RCSLT Council and more recently presented a number of very popular short courses for the RCSLT.
I first met Jayne in the summer of 2004, when we worked together on the RCSLT’s Sing while your winning, but look after your voice campaign in the run up to the Euro 2004 football competition.
The campaign was a tremendous success and at very short notice Jayne volunteered to face the media.
In a fantastically hectic week, she became the face of speech and language therapy on a number of national breakfast television shows and radio programmes, often two or three in a day.
Although she found the activities tiring, Jayne told me she loved every minute of it. She also told me later that she’d ended up giving voice exercises to some of the presenters who had complained about their vocal problems after being on air for hours. This was typical of Jayne’s warm and helpful nature, and of her desire to spread the speech and language therapy message.
Jayne’s magnificent sense of humour shone through even when she was confined to hospital following her diagnosis.
It was always a pleasure to visit her, and I certainly don’t think I’ve laughed quite as much on an oncology ward before.
Writing to her friend and mentor Joyce Cooke at the beginning of August last year, Jayne said,“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my career in speech therapy and particularly enjoyed teaching a new generation. You don’t know this but I have quoted you and passed on some of your wisdom many times during my teaching. “While I was taking in the news about my cancer I found it very hard to listen and absorb properly. It reminded me of when you asked me to see a pre-laryngectomy patent at the Royal Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.You were concerned how long I’d spent with the man – I think it was a good hour or so. “I gave him chapter and verse on everything speech therapy had to offer, but couldn’t understand why he seemed dazed and lacking in concentration or interest.You rightly said that his concern was would he make it through surgery. I have really appreciated this lately.”
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Her appetitive for work never really abated and many people received work-related emails from Jayne completely unaware of where she had sent them from.
Jayne’s premature death is a tragedy not only for those who knew and worked with her, but also for those clients and therapists who had yet to benefit from meeting her.
With the wonders of modern technology, Jayne continued to work for The Singer magazine while waiting in hospital for her
Steven Harulow Bulletin Editor
It is not too late to contribute to Sue Bell’s sponsored 100-mile walk on 3-9 April 2006 in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research, as a tribute to Jayne. Make your cheques payable to: Sue Bell (100-mile walk) and return to: Station Cottage, Micheldever Station, Hampshire. SO21 3AP.
April 2006 bulletin