“I won't lie, there are times when I thought about taking my own life.” - Alfred Peter died a month before his 32nd birthday. He was a good looking, clean shaven young man, with lots of friends. He took pride in his pipe-fitting company and in owning a townhouse. According to his dad, Alfred, [...]

Dave Williams – A Hospice Story

Dave Williams is a beloved figure in the city and client of our Adult Respite Day Program. “Where I live, there isn’t an opportunity to have a conversation with people, so this is a godsend. Coming here, it won’t ever help my disease. It just helps me, having a place to come and visit among [...]

2018-05-17T11:09:48+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Client Stories|

So much more than our Gala MC!

“As death is something we all face, it behooves us all to learn about it and contribute to hospice care while we’re able,” says retired radio host Sharon Mallon. After taking early retirement at the age of 53, it didn’t take long for Sharon to be “done with the retirement thing” and to become actively [...]

2018-03-23T12:27:29+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Featured Volunteer, Stories|

Is it Tuesday Yet?

Since her illness, and before receiving Compassionate Companion visits, life for Margaret could be summed up in one word: “Boring.” She's “cheated death” at least once but now is practically housebound. Her loving husband, Norman, takes great care of her, but for Margaret: “It’s a blessing that Janet comes over - to have someone to [...]

Paul and Pui

For the first few times that Pui came to the Adult Respite Day Program here at Pilgrims Hospice, his son Paul stayed with him for the day. As Pui finds changes in his environment difficult, and English isn’t his first language, Paul understandably wanted to make sure his father transitioned well between Pilgrims and home. Over [...]

2017-07-06T18:18:26+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Client Stories, Compassionate Companions|