“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Home Hospice North Lanark is proud of the work we do, and are always humbled when we receive thanks for that work. Because of strict privacy policies we can’t publish all the notes of thanks we receive or include the writer’s names, but here are a few:

On behalf of my family, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the beautiful quilt that you provided [our loved one] to comfort her during her final days with us. She thought the quilt was beautiful and very much enjoyed its warmth. Thank you as well for reaching out to her and to me to provide compassion and support during what was a very difficult and challenging period. It is very much appreciated.

On behalf of our friend, we thank HHNL …for their generous gift of time and spirit. Their presence was a comfort to our friend in the last phase of her life’s journey and we welcomed the respite you provided us. We are so fortunate to have this service available in our community.

I lost my spouse 1 ½ years ago rather unexpectedly. Our children were totally independent and raising their own so the only responsibilities I had was myself.

A member who had helped organize the local bereavement Hospice program called and sincerely gave her condolences, then invited me to attend their program.

I decided to give it a try which was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It was a very soothing program with well trained and compassionate leaders. There were just 5 of us in the gathering. No one was expected to participate if they were having an emotional flash back – but sit back and listen. We learned that we were all dealing with a lot of the same situations and feelings.

Our leader had a very calming and knowledgeable disposition which helped relax us on our first gathering and this comforted us.

At each meeting we were given great ideas and suggestions of how to deal with our loneliness and emotional pain. As we built a bond between us and became friends we felt free to express our most intimate feelings and emotions. There were plenty of tears shed during our open conversations — what a wonderful outlet.

There was valuable information given on healthy diets, vitamins that would nurture our bodies and minds (to ward off depression) and breathing exercises and support were given to help us deal with our bad days.

I’m most grateful to these lovely people and volunteers that gave of their time, knowledge and support. The experience was most beneficial and appreciated. I genuinely would recommend our local Bereavement program to anyone who has lost a loved one.

Our group of 5 remain very close and trusted friends that meet twice a month to share our new stresses and problems that continue to pop up.

Thanks for all the compassionate care!

Your dedication and passion to help people is second to none!

We … used the hospice service this year for my dad and we were impressed with their care, information given and follow up!