End-of-Life home of­fe­ring re­spite needs sup­port

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

When a four-pa­tient bed pal­lia­tive care home ope­ned on rue Como-Gardens in Hud­son last Sep­tem­ber, it was the culmi­na­tion of al­most se­ven year of hard work for a pla­toon of vo­lun­teers that grew each year.

Since the home ope­ned four months ago, more than 30 people ha­ven ta­ken their fi­nal breaths on earth ens­con­ced in one of its pri­vate be­droom. Fa­mi­lies - hus­bands, wives, chil­dren, si­blings or pa­rents - are able to stay with their lo­ved ones, or just down the hall. Once a per­son does pass away, those close to them can take as much time as nee­ded to say good­bye in a pea­ce­ful­ly de­co­ra­ted sit­ting room spe­cial­ly de­si­gna­ted for that pur­pose.

People un­com­for­table with death may shy away from the home's pur­pose in the region, but those close to it say once you ac­cept that death is part of life, the home is not as sca­ry.

"The people who work or vo­lun­teer here are pas­sio­nate about what they do," said Syl­vie Crevier, pre­sident of the Vau­dreuilSou­langes Health Care Foun­da­tion that ope­ned and fun­draises to sup­port the home.

Crevier said people should care about the home and contri­bute wha­te­ver they can fi­nan­cial­ly be­cause it will be there for them if they ever need it.

"Eve­ry­thing we do here we do free of charge (or for a small fee to fa­mi­lies to co­ver things like ba­sic food costs.)"

"We hope people ne­ver need to come here, but if you do, it will be a place where a per­son can die sur­roun­ded by people who care and with di­gni­ty."

With that in mind, Heb­dos du Su­roît loo­ked at the his­to­ry of the home, as well as one of its ma­jor fun­drai­sers, ta­king place next wee­kend.

PHOTO DA­NIEL CUILLERIER

Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Health Care Foun­da­tion pre­sident Syl­vie Crevier du­ring the pal­lia­tive care home's opening last Sep­tem­ber.

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