Hospice Awareness Week 13 – 19 May

Weaving a network of care around people facing end-of-life

At any given time, there are more than 250 families in our community who are under the care of Hospice West Auckland, each with their own unique needs. When Corrie’s husband Brian was referred to Hospice, it reaffirmed everything she knew about the specialist palliative care service – and so much more. “It was the sheer breadth of service that Hospice provided that was incredible for us,” says Corrie. “Every single person from Hospice was knowledgeable, supportive, caring, helpful in a day-to-day way, and importantly took the time to talk to me. They told us what to expect and what not to expect. They explained how the dying process was likely to play out, and that was very helpful.” Corrie and Brian discovered the many forms of wrap-around care Hospice could provide, including counselling, music therapy, massage therapy, spiritual care and caregiver support sessions. “I felt so supported, which meant that Brian felt so supported,” says Corrie.

Regardless of the unique needs of each of our patients and whanau, Hospice West Auckland has solutions – but each year we need to raise over $4 million in essential community fundraising in order to continue providing our services for free. This Hospice Awareness Week (13th – 19th May), we need your help to continue weaving a network of care around Westies facing end-of-life. Please donate at www.hwa.org.nz/donate to make a real difference.

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