In 2013, my partner and our grandchild, who we were raising, and I moved to 100 Mile House to retire. Eight days later, my partner passed away suddenly. I was hit with emotions.
I had experienced losses before in my family but never this painful; I lost my life partner.
I was new to town and had no supports here. Emotions overwhelmed me and I was afraid of being alone for the rest of my life.
I did not know what to do with all these emotions. I did not feel I could get through this on my own and went looking for a solution.
I was directed to the Hospice office and met with the program manager. What a feeling of hope, being able to talk to someone who truly understood.
Through a one-on-one meeting and attending two of the grief groups, Hospice helped me to understand the grieving process and my personal grief journey. They helped me to know that I’d be OK and will survive.
I still stop in at the Hospice office when needed and the support hasn’t changed. Without this society, I am not sure I would have survived.
I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me on my journey of grief.
Let’s get talking
National Hospice Palliative Care Week was May 3-9 with the theme of getting people to talk about the importance of hospice palliative care. 100 Mile and District Hospice Palliative Care Society is increasing the awareness of our local services this month.
We have asked some people, who have received hospice services here, to share a bit about their personal experiences anonymously.
– Tracy Haddow, Hospice program director-manager of volunteers