What is most important to those who are dying?

Dr. Christine Jones, MD, CCFP-PC

As a palliative care physician, I ask people every day what is most important to them. Their answers are as individual as they are, but one thing they all have in common.

People who are dying want us to listen – really listen – which is most important as they face the end of their lives. That’s exactly how it is. Victoria Hospice does

Nicole survived only a few months after the devastating diagnosis. What was most important to Nicole was making sure her young children were supported, both before and after her death. Victoria Hospice Child and Youth Counselors were there for them. Nicole also wanted to stay in her home as long as possible, and our stroke response team made that happen.

Jordan died of cancer in his late teens. He wanted to meet friends and make happy memories for his younger brother without paying too much attention to his illness. Expert pain management and a portable medication pump helped Jordan get what was most important.

“Joe” was registered for hospice care long before he decided to move to the inpatient unit. What mattered most to Joe was going to his neighborhood pub every day for a beer and a bowl of soup. Palliative care at home allowed Joe to maintain the routine he enjoyed most.

Rosemary spent her last weeks in it. Victoria Hospice Inpatient Unit. For him, the occasion of a royal wedding was significant. The care team helped Rosemary and her family celebrate in style with beautiful dresses, champagne and laughter.

The generosity of Victoria Hospice donors makes a difference to the lives – and final days – of people in our care circle. Find out more at victoriahospice.org/what-matters-most

Everyone wants to be seen as a person, not a patient.

Nicole, Jordan, Joe, and Rosemary were not defined by their illnesses. They received care that was tailored to what was most important to them.

The generosity of Victoria Hospice donors makes a difference to the lives – and final days – of people in our care circle.

It means we can support what matters most to people as they die. Maybe someone just takes the time to listen. This may mean providing counseling for loved ones, celebrating special moments in an inpatient unit, or ensuring treatment is provided at home.

You can help Victoria Hospice respect the values ​​and heartfelt wishes of dying people.

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