My Hospice Experience – A Look Back

Before my husband was admitted, I knew where Hospice was located and that it was a place where people went to die.  I soon became aware of just how vital this service is to our community.  I no longer look at it as a place to die but as a place where the gentle transition from this life is made …

Red Wings Fans Welcome – Irwin’s Hospice Heart Story

Each resident we welcome at Hospice is unique. They have their own spirit and personality. Our goal at Hospice is to help each resident live their final days to the fullest surrounded by care and compassion. Irwin was one of these residents. Irwin grew up in Detroit and attended Detroit Public Schools in Special Education Classes.  When these classes ended …

A Legacy of Love to His Family

Stephanie’s grandfather, Joe D’Hondt, loved his family more than anything and adored nature.  He became a farmer and enjoyed being outside and tending to the pig barn.  You could always find his “buggy” tracks (golf cart) leading back to the bush where he would spend time feeding the chipmunks and listening to the birds sing.  Joe was a loving family …

Benefits of Hospice Extended to the Family

Blake grew up in Chatham where his parents still live, but now makes his home out west. He stayed in touch with his parents and extended family through phone calls, FaceTime and periodic visits. For several months, he had not had the opportunity to visit or FaceTime with his mom and he soon learned why. His mom had been ill …

“I’m Still Me” – Colleen’s Story

Hi, my name is Colleen and I live at Chatham-Kent Hospice. Before moving to Hospice, I lived on my own, however, I have severe COPD and my lung capacity declined to 15% making it impossible to care for myself. The move to Hospice was initiated by a bout of pneumonia that almost took my life. In fact, my family didn’t …

Ed’s Final Journey Home

Shared by wife Ruby On May 29 th , 2016, I lost the love of my life, my closest friend, my beloved companion, and yes, my greatest challenge. Ed Aitken, at the age of 67, peacefully passed away at Chatham-Kent Hospice. Ed and I enjoyed our small town life together, renovating our house, being involved in our church, making friends and many happy …

Jeanne’s Hospice Heart Story

Residents outside

Hospice is more than a Building For Jeanne and her family, it is the people and the services offered that make Chatham-Kent Hospice a treasure for Chatham-Kent. Jeanne died at Chatham-Kent Hospice after living there for 10 days. The 84 year old retired teacher was born in Harwich Township and lived in Chatham-Kent her entire life. She was Mom to …