I have been sitting here trying to figure out how to help Surrey Hospice raise money so they can continue to do the service work for our community, when I realised that I must give money to charity because they help people live better, better, of course meaning healthier, happier and more productive. Another revelation hit me because most of our community might think that hospice is all about death, and not about life. With that, with that conclusion, hospice is here to help people give up on life. If hospice is here to help people give up and die, then why would any? Why would I support that? So here’s a different way to see hospice as a vital and essential service in our community.
Hospice provides services to make those who are out of time or at the end of their time, live comfortably, so they can feel loved, and dignified in their final days. This also includes mental health, emotional health, and counselling. So they can celebrate life to the very end. Many people believe the services help people wait for the time to come or only offer a path to medical-assisted suicide. Hospice is so much more than a place or warehouse for patients that the medical system can’t fix. This is a place that celebrates life and a place of comfort to those to talk about life before the end became visible. Families are encouraged to celebrate their loved ones until life moves forward.
Hospice provides mental and emotional health for those suffering, the loss the counsellors are there for families because we need help with grief. Grief is not something that happens once a year on the date of a death, grief is an ongoing process and we need the right tools to deal with the emotions. Hospice counsellors can provide you with such tools not only to deal with a loss but also to help you continue to celebrate the life of your loved one. Grief is not about forgiving the people we lose grief is about celebrating every breath you had with them cherishing the moments when people wear those and weaving those memories so that it’s almost like they are still here.
Hospice serves our community on many levels. They serve the person who is at the end of their time with counsellors and volunteers who help you with acceptance and understanding. So the people leaving us can be settled emotionally, financially and physically. They have counsellors to help with the emotional, emotions of those who are losing a loved one. They help us with the grieving process so that we can find acceptance sooner and love in the process, Hospice holds spiritual events for those who have had a loss. These events are designed with love and passion so we can feel all the emotions around us in a healing way. Dove releases and butterfly releases help people see they are a part of a community and the pain and joy of losing a loved one can be spread and shared and don’t have to you don’t have to carry the burden alone.