Dying: Importance of Hospice in Our Community
April 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Most of us have endured the painful loss of someone whom we care deeply about. Some of us have had personal experience interacting with the hospice volunteers and staff, and been so incredibly humbled by their selflessness and compassion. For those wonderful people at Nanaimo Hospice, I have seen firsthand the amazing work that they do. Hospice truly affirms life, and provides immeasurable support and care for people and their families who are in the final stages of life. Nanaimo Hospice assisted over 2,250 people last year alone. They have seen a 21% increase in the number of child and youth clients in the past year. As a young child watching my own mother endure countless surgeries before her passing at only 34 years of age, I truly wish that there had been programs in place to help me cope with the tragic loss of my mom.
Recently, I had the tremendous pleasure to visit the new home of the Nanaimo Hospice as the hard work continues to transform the former Nanaimo Montessori located at 1080 St. George Crescent. There is something magical about stepping inside a building that has seen so many children plant gardens, learn about the world, and learn to even count by fives and tie their shoelaces for the very first time. There is a warmth and calming spirit that will remain a testament to the love and care that the hospice principle is built upon.
It has been an exciting yet challenging year for Nanaimo Hospice as they near the end of the Expand the Heart of Hospice Capital Campaign to purchase, renovate and move into their new home. They have reached 90% of their $1.25M goal and hope to be moving into the new location in June. The new Hospice House will provide twice the space, wheelchair accessibility, lots of parking, room for therapeutic gardens and the ability to grow their programs and services. Hospice is one of the many not for profit organizations who rely on our community for funding to enable them to provide free services to their clients (only 1% of their annual budget coming from health care dollars).
They are looking for a few items for their new home, and I wanted to share them with you, in case you are able to assist Nanaimo Hospice. If you are able to contribute any of these items, Hospice would be extremely appreciative. Here was their “wish list” that they provided:
DANCE TICKETS! Nanaimo Hospice is also hosting a fundraising effort this Saturday night (April 27, 2013) at the Canadian Legion (across the street from Quarterway School) starting at 7pm. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased at any of the Hospice Thrift Stores, current Hospice Office (on Boundary) or by calling 250-756-2138. Let’s help Nanaimo Hospice meet their goal, so they can concentrate their efforts on providing care for those facing end of life issues in our community.
241 Ferntree - $299,000
LAKEFRONT LOT. A great opportunity to purchase the last available beautiful building lot on Long Lake. Here is a great chance to build the home of your dreams among high end executive homes and enjoy everything that goes with lake front living without having to pay a fortune. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac of only 7 homes. Water ski from your front door or bask in the sun on your own existing private dock. http://mmshomes.com/real-estate-listings/Listing/Lot_Acreage/83.html
141 Woodhaven - $309,900
Nestled in the privacy and tranquility of Long Lake Heights this home has been well cared for so the new owners will be able to just move in and enjoy it. Located across the street from a 5 acre lake front park which assures the continued privacy and easy access to the lake and all that summer fun! The yard is low maintenance with extra off street parking in front, lots of attractive rock outcroppings and private deck in the back to bbq and for sun worshipping!! The floor plan is bright and open with the great room concept. The main level has lots of rich hard wood and tile, large great room with open dining area & kitchen, 4 piece and 3 piece(ensuite) baths & access to the rear yard and garage. The lower level has a large foyer and family room plus laundry room. Built on a crawlspace keeps the floors warm and gives great storage as well. http://mmshomes.com/real-estate-listings/Listing/Single_Family_Home/152.html
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