Comfort, Care, Compassion: bringing residential hospice care to Durham Region

There is an undeniable need for palliative care in Durham Region – help us bring residential hospice care to our community!

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Comfort, Care, Compassion: bringing residential hospice care to Durham Region

There is an undeniable need for palliative care in Durham Region – help us bring residential hospice care to our community!


Chris Raynor – owner and operator Home or Away Property Services, chair of the VON Durham Community Corporation, resident of Whitby.

Jill Richardson – former elementary school principal, long-time advocate for residential hospice in Durham Region, resident of Newcastle.

Kirk Kemp – owner and operator of Algoma Orchards, active volunteer in the community, currently vice-chair of the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation Board, resident of Clarington.

Kathy McKay – former executive director of Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, active community volunteer with a number of health-related charities, resident of Pickering.

Janet Georgieff – retired executive director of Durham Community Foundation, volunteer with several local organizations, resident of Whitby.

Alex Georgieff – recently retired Commissioner of Planning & Economic Development of Durham Region, volunteer on several institutional & municipal committees, resident of Whitby.

Sisi Campbell – business owner in Bowmanville, active community advocate for a number of charitable organizations, resident of Clarington.

Natalie Sims – business owner/operator, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce executive board member, community supporter.

Judith Hewlett – community volunteer and advocate.

Joyce Marshall – retired nursery school teacher and owner, past Board Chair of Durham College, member of  VON  Durham Hospice  Community  Board and Whitby Rotary Sunrise, winner of prestigious Peter Perry Award, resident of Whitby.

Judi Longfield – former Member of Parliament, House of Commons for the riding of Whitby-Oshawa, resident of Whitby.

Eva Reti – retired member of Durham Regional Police.

Donna McFarlane – Senior Advisor, Durham Region Hospice.

The Oxford Dictionary defines COMFORT as: "a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint; a person or thing that contributes to physical ease and well-being; the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress; to strengthen, give support, to console".

The term "comfort care" is often used synonymously with the term "palliative care." Comprehensive palliative care, which includes pain and symptom management, support for patient and family, and the opportunity to achieve meaningful closure to life. When comfort care is provided properly, it can ensure a dignified death for most incurably ill patients. Importantly, it also means exploring what gives meaning to a patient at the end of his or her life.

Hospice medical care is designed to provide comfort and dignity when curative therapy is no longer appropriate. It offers control of pain and other symptoms as well as emotional and spiritual support. This approach has been comprehensively developed within the hospice movement which provides specialized medical, nursing and support services for terminally ill patients and their families.

This is the standard of care for the dying that Durham Region Hospice is committed to providing our community through the 10-bed and 5-bed residences in Whitby and Clarington, respectively.

Please support these much-needed residences by donating today to our capital campaign. For ways to donate, visit our website at
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Compassion is an emotional response to the suffering of others. Once felt, it entails subsequent action to help relieve their suffering. Recently, ‘compassion’ has become the flagship concept to be fostered in the delivery of end-of-life care, and a rallying call for social action and public health intervention.

Compassion is not merely a passive sense of pity, it is also about engagement—seeking to assist those whose suffering can be helped by our actions. Compassion has emotional, social and practical dimensions... it goes to the heart of what it is to be human and to exist in relationships, caring for our own welfare and also that of other people.

Compassion has come to occupy an important place within the caring and healthcare disciplines. It is recognised as a critical aspect of the art of nursing and medicine, and is considered essential if patient and family needs are to be met.

Residential hospices can provide the compassionate care that is so necessary to patients and their families who are facing end-of-life issues. There is a need in the Durham Region for residential hospices.

Help Durham Region Hospice in its capital campaign to build much-needed 10-bed and 5-bed hospices by making a donation today.
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