were angels. If you
couldn’t be at home,
you couldn’t be in
a better place.
EMOTIONAL staff were angels,” says Mary Copot of the people working at Agapé Hospice. “If you couldn’t be
at home, you couldn’t be in a better place.” When
Mary’s very close-knit family realized she could no
longer meet the physical demands of caring for her
husband Murray, they turned to the compassionate
support of the hospice.
The couple had been inseparable for 62 years and
Murray took comfort in knowing Mary was able to
stay overnight and would be close by if he needed her.
The compassionate staff and the home-like atmosphere was a refreshing change from the stereotypical
hospital setting Murray had transitioned from.
Murray’s health rallied somewhat at the hospice and
he enjoyed many of his final days visiting with family
and friends. Visits from his large and dynamic
family were welcomed by both Murray and the staff,
particularly when his grandson brought chocolate
for all to share.
When it was discovered that the Copot family had
a tradition of spending Christmas Eve together, a
festively decorated room was prepared and Murray,
Mary and their family of five children and nine
grandchildren celebrated one last heartwarming
Christmas Eve together.
“My family and I highly recommend Agapé’s loving
home away from home for people in the same situation” says Mary. “We can’t do enough to thank them
for how they helped us through a difficult time, as
well as during the months following.”
Losing a family member can be one of the most
challenging experiences of a person’s life. During a
resident’s stay, a trust relationship begins to develop
between family members and Agapé’s caregivers,
providing them with a safe “haven” as they embark on
their journey of grief. When death occurs, a healing
connection remains through a one-to-one bereavement support relationship during the first year.
A Remembrance Service for family, friends, staff
and volunteers takes place three months following
the passing of a loved one, and education through
grief workshops is available for loved ones and the
Annual Bereavement Care
Program Costs $48,000
Partner Funding for 2012 $0
Campaign Fundraising Goal $48,000