Our project: By The Willow; a Hospice Day Away Program. As its name suggests, like the hanging boughs of the willow, “we shall comfort, shade and shield our clients, volunteers and the community at large when life’s strong winds blow by.”
By The Willow is a weekly retreat away from the myriad doctor’s appointments and treatment protocols that consume the life of a person diagnosed with a life limiting illness.
By The Willow provides respite for the person diagnosed as well as his/her primary care giver.
By The Willow focuses on celebrating life by taking the focus (for the day) off illness.
By The Willow has traveled a long journey and is ready for the future.
February 2007 ~ The Agency under which we work; East Haldimand Hospice Association became a Registered Canadian Charity
October 2012 ~ Committee members met with various day hospice providers throughout South Western Ontario to assess their programs
December 2012 ~The committee decided on the model of our By The Willow Day Away Program
January 2013 ~ Shared Harvest Hosted first our planning meeting
March 1 2014 ~ We will host our First Major Fundraiser (Clothing & Electronics Drive)
March 20 2014 ~ By The Willow will welcome its first clients
Hospice Care receives very little (if any) public (government) funding for community programs. While there is a great deal of evidence that:
Hospice care not only benefits the person with the diagnosis, but also their immediate family (five additional persons are intimately affected by one diagnosis)
Reduces the cost and stress on our healthcare system as a whole;
It continues to remain off the funding radar.
Hospice care in Ontario utilizes more volunteer hours than any other sector of volunteerism. By the Willow would not be possible today if it were not for the thousands of hours that have been donated to date by members of our own community and members of the hospice care movement!
Bono from the band U2 said it well: “In life you try your best to hold onto your dignity; in death sometimes others have to hold onto it for you.”
Living with a life-limiting illness often means living with the feelings of fear, guilt, and frustration, making even the most simplistic tasks like climbing an insurmountable hill. That is why we, with the support East Haldimand Hospice, are so committed to transforming end of life care in the Dunnville area.