Durham Hospice: A Very Special Place

Posted on March 16th, 2013

imageWhen I first started visiting different charities, and the word ‘hospice’ was thrown at me, I just assumed it was a place where people went to die. In my culture, you die at home…and the dying isn’t discussed. Everybody mopes around praying in doom and gloom sometimes for months in anguishing dread. (There has been a lot of cancer in my family, and a good friend died of AIDS, so it’s a routine I have seen too much of.)

Later in my life, I lost a client to cancer. I watched her go from denial to acceptance very quickly and I was inspired by how she embraced her end-of-life journey. She said everything she needed to say, she got her family ready, she made all sorts of things for her loved ones to remember her by, she really did a lot of “personal work,” & she fulfilled a bucket list. She planned her own funeral, and when it started to get close, she threw a “Take Your Hats Off To A Classy Lady” goodbye party. She asked all her friends to wear a hat. She taught me that the end-of-life transition can be beautiful, and possibly the most profound of all experiences, if you are willing to embrace it.

Places like Durham Hospice are full of well trained volunteers that border on sainthood. Durham hospice has spent the past 24 years providing practical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals facing advanced illness, death and bereavement.

Their programs help friends, families and neighbours in Durham as they journey through the most difficult of times.
Durham Hospice attracts special people — clients, volunteers, staff and supporters. However, it is their highly trained volunteers that they rely heavily on to work closely with staff and medical partners to help people live as well as possible with a terminal illness and help support families who are coping with loss.

Through partnerships and fundraising events, they are able enhance their palliative and bereavement programs to meet the needs of residents in Durham Region.

One of the ways they fundraise is a gorgeous yearly Gala. At the Gala, instead of selling raffle tickets, they sell 150 raffle gift bags

Me and Dawnette Hoo-Hing, Executive Director of Durham Hospice

Me and Dawnette Hoo-Hing, Executive Director of Durham Hospice

full of great gifts…but one has a very extra special something for the lucky picker! Durham Hospice asked us for help adding value to the bags, and we were more than happy to oblige. There is nothing fancier or more soothing than a cup of DAVIDs TEA.
DAVIDs TEA were so happy to help us, and helped us choose not only the perfect blend, but the perfect reusable gift that fit our charity’s budget. We were able to donate 150 reusable tins of Egyption Chamomile and 150 sizable bags of Jessie’s Tea (a decadent blend of lavender, rooibos, coconut & cornflower named after country music star, Jessie Farrell.)

They are going to have the cosiest bags ever!

I was really impressed by Durham Hospice when I walked through there. You can tell the place is BUSY. We celebrate all the wonderful work they do for the community and look forward to expanding our support to them in the future.

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