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, Elaine …

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 …

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 …