The family had to organise a heart-wrenching double funeral for Robin Bamfield and his wife Susan (Picture: Hyde News & Pictures)

A grieving widow took her own life the day after her husband died of coronavirus, an inquest has heard.

The family of Susan Bamfield, 71, told how her husband, former Wing Commander Robin Bamford, 76, had been called into hospital over swelling at the start of the pandemic.

Sarah Bamfield, the elderly couple’s daughter, said they begged them not to take him into hospital because he was vulnerable, having been hospitalised for sepsis and kept in an intensive care unit for almost 100 days in 2016.

She told the coroner: ‘But the doctors said that was the only way, so he had a month in hospital.

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‘They had actually managed to alleviate the problem as such, then – Covid.’

Mr Bamfield caught the virus in hospital and died on May 1, leaving his wife to live with their adult son Mark at their home in Wokingham, Berkshire, the inquest heard.

The next day Mark found his mother unresponsive in her bed and discovered a suicide note addressed to him and Sarah.

Assistant Coroner Alan Blake said: ‘It was addressed to Sarah and to Mark, seeking your forgiveness for leaving but expressing your mother feeling broken-hearted and being unable to live without your father.

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 28/10/2020 These are the photos of a heart wrenching double funeral which was held for Wing Commander Robin Bamfield MBE, who was aged 76 years when he died and his wife Susan Bamfield. The grieving 71-year-old widow whose husband had died of coronavirus after contracting it in hospital, took her own life the next day, an inquest heard today (Wed). Picture shows Robin and Susan Bamfield. See copy HNPbam
Susan Bamfield left a note saying she could not live without her husband (Picture: Hyde News & Pictures)

‘She wanted you both to know how much she loved both of you.’

Police investigators attended the home and found an empty pack of anti-depressant medication, the inquest heard.

Mr Bamfield told police he did not have any idea his mother was suicidal and explained how she was a pancreatic cancer survivor, who had recently been taking medication for anxiety and depression.

After retiring as a sales consultant, Mrs Bamfield volunteered at the Blue Cross charity shop in Wokingham, the inquest heard.

In a family statement, Mr Bamfield said: ‘Susan, mum, was a loving wife, loving mother-of-two and extremely loving and proud grandmother-of-two.

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‘Mum was an emotional lady, often having to resort to anti-depressants to cope. With the loss of her dear husband, she just could not carry on.

‘It is with great sadness that mum decided to take her life and join my father on his journey to the afterlife.’

A post mortem examination found Mrs Bamfield in relatively fit health for her age, and gave the cause of death as toxicity of the anti-depressant drug, adding that no alcohol or other drugs were detected.

Concluding the inquest, Mr Blake said: ‘Susan Bamfield was profoundly distressed when her husband Robin became seriously ill.

‘When Robin died on May 1, Susan consumed an overdose of anti-depressant medication that she had been prescribed. She was found by her son Mark.

‘I am satisfied both by the sad circumstances of this case and the expressions in the note that she left for you and Mae that Susan did take her own life by means of an overdose and that she intended to do so in her grief on May 2.’

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Source: Metro