December 10-21, 2018


December 19th, 2017

Peace, Dignity and Respect. Reflection by Hospice of Waterloo Region

Peace, Dignity and Respect – such beautiful and meaningful concepts in relation to those we are privileged to serve at Hospice of Waterloo Region.

The hospice movement has long been associated with a desire to bring peace to those journeying at end of life. In the words of Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the modern day hospice movement: “You matter because you are you and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but also to live until you die.” What a clear and succinct way to express our mission and values here at Hospice of Waterloo Region.

We are committed to service that is compassionate and caring. A person at end of life deserves a level of attention that communicates to them that they matter, and just as they were born into a community and have lived in a community, they now have a right to die with peace and dignity in that community.

As we embark on the #12days4good, this is a great opportunity to increase awareness about how we can “do good” for those who are living with a life limiting illness or who are affected by it. Simple gestures like offering to pick up groceries or shovel a driveway can take the pressure off a caregiver who has just spent the last 12 hours holding a loved one’s hand.  Contacting a recent widower/widow, inviting them to have coffee and listening with a caring heart can be a great gift. These easy gestures of kindness may seem simple, but they will have a huge impact on the wellbeing of the recipient.  Let’s create a community where each person realizes that this work of caring for neighbours at end of life is everyone’s responsibility.  

Hello, my name is Melissa Parker and I am honoured to be part of #12days4good this year. My position at HWR is Events Coordinator. A big part of my job is to raise awareness of the importance of hospice care in Waterloo Region through fundraising and charitable events.  I have a passion for helping people and organizations find ways to support this amazing cause. I feel it is part of my legacy to help grow the hospice movement in Waterloo Region and provide opportunities for our partners in the community to support the work we do. In this way, together we will ensure that no one journeys alone.  

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