See our Latest Appeal
When Kim Ryan saw her father for the first time in 35 years it was life changing...
Thanks to a chance encounter between mutual friends, Tony, a ‘happy hippy’ living on Great Barrier Island and his daughter living 850kms south in Christchurch were reconnected, and just in the nick of time.
Not long after Kim and Tony had been back in contact, sadly Tony was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Kim’s planned trip to Whangaparaoa with her children to meet her father, was suddenly brought forward. She arrived at Hospice having not seen him since she was 12 years old and she was going to be introducing her kids to their Grandad for the very first time.
Thanks to your ongoing support Hospice was there for Tony and his family; providing specialist palliative care, and helping to have flights changed for Kim, Bridie and Dylan meant they could arrive on the Coast in time to reunite and have special time together, and to say final goodbyes.
Please embrace families like Tony’s this Christmas with a donation to Hospice. With your help Hibiscus Hospice can continue to deliver services free of charge and provide the type of comfort that embraces a family through the hardest of times.
Tony had been unwell for a while and was under the care of Hibiscus Hospice from October 2016. During that time he received ongoing wrap around support from the Hospice’s multidisciplinary team including, social worker Brendon, nurse Cath and Vincent the Hospice’s Spiritual Carer who provided friendship and companionship.
Always going the extra mile, Cath also kindly looked after Tony’s dog Shadow, while Tony was receiving care in the in-patient unit, as he had no one else able to help. Kim said that “Hospice invest so much of themselves into people that have very little time left. They care and bond with those they know will soon be gone. They are giving individuals a final gift.”
Tony opened his eyes for a second as the family kissed him goodbye and said “we will see you in the morning”. Sadly they never did as Tony died peacefully early the next morning.
Kim said that “Seeing Dad again was actually life changing. I can't really articulate it, other than it feels like a whole large part of my heart's been healed. A respectful end, surrounded by genuinely caring souls.”
None of this would have been possible if these two amazing Hospice staff members didn't bend over backwards to help us all reconnect.”
Like Kim says, ‘Hospice staff invest so much of themselves into people that have very little time left’.
Thank you for your continued support of Hibiscus Hospice. I would like to wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to keeping in touch with you in the New Year.
If you'd like to join our mailing list please follow this link and give us your details...