Stephanie’s grandfather loved two things – nature and his family. As a farmer, he was most comfortable outside in the pig barn, picking cucumbers or in the bush feeding the chipmunks. He was also a huge family man who looked forward to Friday family dinners, playing soccer before and after supper, and Saturday Polka dancing with his wife.
Stephanie’s husband, Paul, hit it off right away with Joe, and would always sit and have a good talk about life. Paul remembers that Joe loved his family and wife so much and never missed an opportunity to express it with a smile or conversation with his kids and grandchildren whether in person or on the phone.
When Joe moved into the Chatham-Kent Hospice, Stephanie noticed the difference it made to both Grandpa and Grandma. The care he received at Hospice was second to none and allowed him to be at peace in a secure and safe environment. Her grandma was able to participate in his care while receiving the support she needed. The extended family enjoyed the time they spent together outside in the courtyard and were grateful for the outdoor space as it helped her grandpa “feel more at home.”
“We are thankful for the staff and volunteers at Hospice. Their compassionate and attentive care made us feel like they were part of our family and reflected the expression of love we experienced from our grandparents growing up,” shared Stephanie.
As Stephanie and Paul begin their life together, they wanted to do something to ensure others are able to have the same experience. They generously chose, in lieu of wedding gifts and favours, that family and friends make a donation to Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation to support other families in life’s final journey. Sincere thanks to Stephanie and Paul for their generosity and best wishes as they embark on this next chapter of their lives together, from the staff and volunteers at Chatham-Kent Hospice.
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