the good­bye place

Af­ter wit­ness­ing fam­i­lies car­ing for their ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren in­ter­state, a de­ter­mined cou­ple acted on the need for a hospice in Queens­land for par­ents to farewell their kids with dig­nity.

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - CARE - Story Frances Whit­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy Rus­sell Shake­speare

Kate Eng­wirda was, her mother says, divine. “Just like” – Fiona Eng­wirda’s lips shape into a kiss – “Mwah.” Her eyes gaze down as her arms fold au­to­mat­i­cally into cra­dle po­si­tion and it is as if, for a mo­ment, her daugh­ter Kate is back in them. But Eng­wirda’s em­brace no longer holds the lit­tle girl who died on May 21, 2011, at two-and­half years old. Tiny, beau­ti­ful Kate, who in her short time on Earth en­dured much, never walked, had open-heart surgery, suf­fered reg­u­lar seizures, or upside-down, did all sorts of amaz­ing things she was not meant to do. Her life, and death, is one of the ma­jor driv­ing forces be­hind a planned respite and pal­lia­tive care chil­dren’s hospice to be built in Queens­land, and named Hum­ming­bird House.

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