End-of-Life home offering respite needs support
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.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges Health Care Foundation president Sylvie Crevier during the palliative care home's opening last September.