“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:

Sydney Thompson’s [HHNL Program Coordinator] anchoring strength came into our family when we journeyed into palliative care with our elderly mother.

She offered gentle support and thoughtful reflections to us as a group, and individually. She provided us with factual and spiritual literature, in a way that enabled us to process death in our own way.

Sydney encouraged quiet discussions, answered every question, and most importantly, was an active listener.

I feel that because of Sydney’s time with us, I became more knowledgeable, and even enlightened about the beauty of the end of life journey.

Thank you Sydney,
the Duncan family

I was fortunate to participate in an eight-week session on Grief Support offered by Home Hospice North Lanark last spring with two instructors. It was offered free of charge and each session was two hours.

Each session had a focus and each of the participants had an opportunity to answer each question and/or topic. We also received some resources, which helped us to understand what we were going through as we grieved.

As soon as I saw it, I signed up, knowing that I had a lot to learn and working with a group and the instructors, would be more helpful than trying to figure things out on my own.

Each week the instructors got us talking about how we were doing and each of the participants had an opportunity to contribute. Over the course of eight weeks we got to know each other and we were always supportive of each other. We were ‘there’ for each other. I think that was the best part of being in the group.

What helped me the most was the information shared by our instructors, talking about my experience, and the suggestions offered by the instructors. At the end of the eight weeks, I wasn’t the same person. I was better prepared to deal with my grief.

Thank you Home Hospice North Lanark.

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!