In Praise of Hospice Renfrew
My brother recently died at Hospice Renfrew. As we accompanied him in the final stages of life, it became an incredible gift ‘back’ to us, in so many ways. It was comforting to visit my brother as he was extremely grateful to be at Hospice Renfrew. He spoke many times about the outstanding care and knowledgeable team of palliative physicians, nurses and volunteers who ministered to him lovingly and joyfully. He felt privileged to be there. Our family experienced a warm cloak of love and understanding from the special people we met, the staff and many volunteers. This time allowed us unique opportunities to support, encourage and listen to each other, a time of tears and laughter, and many hugs. We all knew, deep in our spirit, that these were sacred moments, treasured visits.
This 6 bed rural residential home with beautiful gardens is spectacular. Volunteers bake delicious snacks to share from the inviting open kitchen, overlooking a comfortable family room and inviting sunroom. The community supports and funds this home, allowing Hospice Renfrew to continue to provide end-of-life care ministry free of charge. It has certainly been our experience that we need to expand, and make available to everyone, this exceptional care and support. As we embraced, as a family, the final stages of my brother’s life, we saw that it brings with it many gifts, as does each stage of living.
Letter to the Editor, Ottawa Citizen submitted by Marian and Guy Brethour, of Kanata, Ontario, as quoted in the Hospice Renfrew Newsletter, November 2010