Kathy McKinnon calls the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society volunteers “kind-hearted angels” for giving her dad, Frank Niven, “the love, peace and friendship he needed to die peacefully and not to suffer any more.”
Niven died on Sept. 8 in one of the two hospice rooms the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society furnishes and maintains within Shorncliffe’s long-term care facility in Sechelt.
McKinnon lives off-Coast, so “knowing that a volunteer was with my dad when my mother and sister needed breaks was such a comfort.”
One volunteer read with her father, another talked to him and eased his fears of where he was going after he died, and another sat and recounted Navy days “that made him so happy,” she said.
“To know that a volunteer would sit with my dad at night so he wouldn’t be alone, that people would take time out of their own busy lives to give comfort, not only to the dying, but to the loved ones involved, meant so much to our family,” she said.
Kelsey Dunn, assistant branch manager at Sunshine Coast Credit Union (SCCU) in Gibsons, added, “Countless people benefit from the services that Hospice provides to the community. Everyone has been affected by the loss of someone special.”
SCCU has donated funds to Hospice for several years now during Hospice’s Lights of Life event.
“We are honoured to support the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society that, in turn, supports so many people when they need comfort the most,” she said.
The local Credit Union has provided close to $100,000 to community groups this year alone through donations, sponsorships and in-kind expertise.
“We want our community support to benefit as many people as possible on the Coast,” Dunn said. “Thanks to Hospice for acknowledging that this season of cheer can be difficult for many people, and giving us all the gift of comfort in remembering.”
Hospice volunteers will be at the Lights of Life table at the Trail Bay Mall until Dec. 21, and at the IGA in Madeira Park on Dec. 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come and write a card to remember those who aren’t here this season, and help us send all our wishes skyward on Jan. 1 when we have our Lighting the Memories ceremony.