Few people want to die. Even those who commit suicide actually just want to get out of a life that they feel, for whatever reason, has become untenable.
But it's a fact of all our lives that the end will arrive for every one of us at some point, ready or not.
That's why we have to express our admiration for a group of people who devote so much time and energy to caring about, understanding, and preparing those who know they are coming to the end of life.
The hospice movement has become an important part of the grieving process for the dying and their families in communities throughout B.C. and across Canada.
Helping people who are negotiating the reality of terminal illness is, of course, only one of the many vital services around death and dying that are so ably and compassionately provided by the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society. Its role goes far beyond palliative care.
The service provided by hospice volunteers goes beyond death... literally. Hospice is also there for those who remain behind, helping the bereaved to cope with the new reality of lost loved ones - wives and husbands, children and parents, dear friends and anyone else who has been placed on the difficult road of grief.
Perhaps the most important work done through hospice involves simply talking, whether in formal grief counselling or lending an ear during home or hospital visits. No one seems to want to talk about death with their loved ones, even when the dying feel they have important things to say. Hospice volunteers may fill the void themselves, or help bridge the communications gap between those who need to speak and who need to hear, to make the coming journey - for both - just a little easier.
The folks at Ridge Meadows Hospice Society fulfill a crucial role on a path that we all, eventually, will tread.
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