Now is a good time to get acquainted with the local island organization that works to provide improved end-of-life experiences. Having no physical facility of its own, Salt Spring Hospice describes a set of services rather than a location. Its volunteer members and board are perhaps most recognized for their work sitting vigil with those who are dying. But they offer much more than that decidedly valued gift.
“I think the most important thing to understand overall is hospice is really a philosophy of care. It’s really about making the end of life as worthwhile as the rest,” explained Lisa Dahling, who co-chairs the society’s board of directors.
Salt Spring Hospice volunteers are trained to provincial standards to help people deal with end-of-life. They support the people who are dying and their loved ones by sharing time at bedside vigils during the final days, whether that’s at the hospital or another location. These services are available for any age group, including children, and are not limited to any one kind of illness.