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 …

Peace & Calm amid the COVID-19 Crisis

John and his wife Alice are thankful to be at Chatham-Kent Hospice. John was born in the Netherlands and moved to Canada with his parents and sister as a young adult. He began his career as an Insurance salesman and met Alice when he was selling her parents insurance. “On our first date, he took me to A&W to have …

Celebrating the gift of time

Having our final memories at Hospice has brought great comfort I am Katie, daughter of the late Louane McFadden and I am honoured to share our story with the hospice community. I am sharing our story to not only bring awareness to this amazing organization but to honour my beautiful Mom. May 5th is the 3rd anniversary of her passing …

Honouring a life with a beautiful death

When Chatham-Kent Hospice opened, we were anxious to see the new facility – never dreaming that my darling husband, Gary, would spend his last ten days in this beautiful place. Gary was a professional solo vocalist from the time he was very young. He won many awards and for years was the top winner at the Kiwanis festival. From the …

Our Father lived a very full life

Born in Windsor just before the depression, dad was the second of four boys. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy. While deployed he maintained correspondence with his sweetheart, our mother, Betty, whom he married after his honourable discharge. They had four children- two daughters and two sons- and were married for 44 years until mom’s passing. He …

When 50 Years Seems Too Short- Hospice gives a family the gift of peace

When Jim first met his younger sister’s best friend, Ruth, he didn’t know she would become the love of his life. First becoming friends, then husband and wife, Jim and Ruth shared a special bond.  While they both grew up in Chatham-Kent, life and work took them away from the community. Ruth was an employee at Union Gas and was …

Remembering our mom through Hike for Hospice

It is said that when you see a butterfly it is someone you love in heaven reminding you of them and all the beautiful memories you shared. This is never truer than when our family is visited by our monarch, my mom, Mary. Mary, a homemaker in every sense of the word, was very proud of the house she kept …

Finding Peace within the walls of Hospice

Our family’s story is really not so different from all the other stories of families faced with losing a loved one, but this was our love. A beautiful Mom, Mother-in-law, Wife, Grandma and Sister. She grew up on a farm near Merlin and at the age of 10, lost her own Mom. As the eldest child, she stepped into a …

My Gift is my Presence

I love volunteering at Hospice. I am a reception volunteer and each time I finish a shift I think “I am so glad I volunteered today”. It never feels like a burden; it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. My only complaint is having to smell freshly baked cookies for 4 hours! Recently I started bringing my dog …

Hospice Cares for Young Couple

Your gifts helped a loving wife say good-bye to her husband My husband Jonathan was the life of the party. He really knew how to connect with people, capture a crowd and make people laugh with pure gut-wrenching joy. And he knew it too, even at our short time in hospice, when our room was one person away from becoming …