What is your vision for end-of-life care?

May 3, 2016 – Message from Michele Sutherland
Manager of Hospice Services with The Bloom Group
(Cottage and May’s Place)Michele Sutherland hospice services the bloom group

I would like to extend my personal condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones this past year.
Thank you for entrusting us with their care and for supporting our work.

May 1-7 2016 is National Hospice Palliative Care Week, with the theme “Hospice Palliative Care First” (follow the conversation on twitter at #HPCareFirst2016). Every day families tell me the ways staff put our hospice residents – your loved ones – first. We know the difference small acts of kindness can make during such a difficult time. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

Now more than ever conversations about how we die are at the forefront. Encouragingly these conversations help us challenge stigmas associated with talking about death and quality of dying. They also shed light on the importance of hospices, which provide comfort care at end of life. Comfort care will remain the focus of The Bloom Group’s hospice services, as it has been for over 25 years.

This has been an important year in the evolution of end-of-life care and our history. Thanks to the support of The Louis Family Foundation, The Bloom Group has developed comprehensive plans for a new hospice volunteer program, which will strengthen our bereavement services.

As some of you may know, repairs to Cottage Hospice are now necessary to ensure resident safety and comfort. This year we look forward to launching the Cottage Heritage Fund, a special capital campaign to renew our facilities. We also look forward to exploring how May’s Place can continue to adapt to residents’ changing needs along the spectrum of end-of-life care.

Enhancing our services and improving our spaces help further our vision for comprehensive and accessible end-of-life care in our community. Thank you for making this vision possible.

Thank you for gifts in memory of: John Allwood, John Appleford, Alice Barazzuol, Louise Basich, Alice Cameron, Mary Lee Munro Chow, Tracey Jane Coburn, Vera Cooke, Angela Dodwell, Shelagh Dwyer, Sababino Evangelista,  Agnes (Rosalie) Sunceeth Evans, Judith Fanning, Sandra Hilyer, Linda Jones, Albert Kaminski, Tung Mei Kao, Agnes Kerke, Hung Khuu,  Thi Le Le, Che Guan Lee, Richard Loewen, Dee Dee MacLachlan, Gordon Maclachlan, Alla Magdyna, Joe McMahon, Samantha Nystrom, Ken Rasmussen, Robert Rich, Ken Riley, James Roney, Jeanette Roney, Dyan Savard, Trevor Seymour, Marcelle Stefanon, Hilda Tesch, Wah Wai Sam, Hughie Woo and Ping Zhou. Gifts were received between January 1, 2015 and April 15, 2016.

Your gifts help other families access hospice palliative care and help us enhance our end-of-life services.

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To learn more about the Cottage Heritage Fund, please contact Lesley Anderson at 604 606 0356, or landerson@thebloomgroup.org