One Last Christmas Gift in the Warmth of Hospice

  Coming to Hospice two weeks before Christmas was hard, especially knowing the holiday season would not be filled with the usual family traditions. But for Dick, Bev and their entire family, it was the one gift they had been hoping for. “After his heart attack and stroke, we were able to manage at home, but then came his cancer …

Family Time in the Hospice Courtyard Filled with Sun and Peace

N. Jane Rivers grew up in a family of six children – five girls and one boy. The ‘Booth Kids’, as we were often called, were no strangers to loss, losing both parents at a young age and then two siblings, David and Dianne. Despite these losses, or perhaps because of them, we had a closeness as siblings that was …

 The easiest decision during a difficult time…

How the promise of a bubble bath changed a family’s end-of-life experience My mom, Kerry, was the definition of a ‘social butterfly’ in the best way possible. She had a genuine interest in everyone she met and a contagious laugh that could fill a room. She made people feel important and taken care of, which also made her a great …

Hospice helps a family feel ‘normal’ even at the end

A life defined by strength, determination, resilience, generosity and kindness; that is how Kristen’s family described her. Kristen touched the lives of so many people through the years, including her family members and close friends, people she mentored, worked with, and taught at the pool, and people she met in the community. Kristen was well-known for being caring and kind, …

A beautiful exit for a wonderful man

  “Sometimes in your worst moments, you have the greatest memories” shared Fannie, Peter’s daughter, reflecting on their time spent at Chatham-Kent Hospice. It was a late November evening when Peter and his family moved into Hospice. Peter had been fighting cancer for several years with numerous hospital stays. His wife, Catherine, had been his main caregiver with his daughters, …

The gentlest way for the worst to happen

  Pam was an amazing wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. She was a quiet and generous soul who listened with intent and, when she had something to say, you knew it would be worthy of your attention. Pam was an incredible role model and teacher, and she selflessly put others (notably, her family) before all else.  She spent many …

Continuing a legacy of love

Joan was a thoughtful, caring, funloving woman. She was a true friend; someone you could always count on. Joan was the heart and glue of her family. She was my best friend, my hero, my Mom. Born and raised outside of Thamesville, she lived, worked, volunteered and raised her children in this community she loved. Joan began to feel ill …

Hospice family feels at peace

  Mom was used to a lot of people being around, and that’s probably why she enjoyed it so much! She grew up as the middle child in a family with seven children.  She met and married Dad, a farmer from Dover Township, in the mid 70’s.  They went on to have the four of us, and eventually our families …

Hospice is home for the Holidays

How a difficult time is made easier by Hospice care Christmas 2018. The beginning of our family’s journey was unknown to us. Christmas was wonderful- my son-in-law cooked Christmas dinner; we took pictures. As a family, we loved the Christmas season. For many years, my husband, Norris would dress the part of Santa for our family and other’s enjoyment.  Everything …

I felt the pressure of caregiving fall away

One family’s Hospice experience during the pandemic Mal and his wife Gail were together Mal and his wife Gail were together for 44 years and between the two of them, had five children. They met in Kingsville while playing darts at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 188 – a game they both enjoyed their entire lives. When they weren’t going …