“We are all forever grateful to [New England Hospice] for the ability to remain at home until moving to the next life.”
“In no time at all, this group would have someone by our side- to answer questions, comfort mom or even each other. They prompted our strengths, even in our own weaknesses with encouragement and sincere care.”
“I am thankful for the quality of your organization and your empathy with the patients as well as all those involved.”
Here at New England Hospice, we strive to make our patients end-of-life care more than a time to reflect on illness or decline but rather a time to indulge in life and fill it with love, laughter, and family. So, when we heard that one of our patients was going to miss his granddaughter’s wedding because of his newly diagnosed illness, our staff immediately took action to put together a plan that would get him to the event. He and his wife, who had been married for more than 60 years, had never missed a family event and were truly heartbroken to miss this day of celebration. Without hesitation, New England Hospice staff members cleared their schedules and made a wish into a reality. By the next morning, our patient Roger, his family, and New England Hospice staff members were off to a wedding in Maine. As far as the bride knew, her grandfather was not going to be there. With a heavy heart, she set an empty seat for him at the table anyway to honor him. Little did she know that the seat would be filled in just a few hours. Roger's family wanted to make this a memorable surprise for his granddaughter, so as her grandparents arrived to the venue, their family made sure they were out of sight. Recounting the memory, the bride, Kristie, said she was told an unexpected guest wanted to say a quick hello before the ceremony. Just as she finished getting ready, and standing beautifully in her gown, she heard a light knocking on the door. With confusion and delight she opened the door to find her Papa and Grandmother standing there with open arms. His granddaughter couldn’t believe the gift she was just given. It was truly memorable for the rest of the night and Mr. L escorted his wife to the ceremony and later they danced in loving embrace with family and friends. These are the moments to cherish and it is with great honor that we, at New England Hospice, get to make these moments happen.