Daisy Day: Caring until the end

Brad Works
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Palliative care group planting seeds of awareness

Getting complete strangers to talk about something that makes most people uncomfortable may not be an easy task, but volunteers with the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society are up to the challenge.

This Friday, the society will have booths in locations around the county for Daisy Day, an event geared to promote awareness about palliative care.

Getting complete strangers to talk about something that makes most people uncomfortable may not be an easy task, but volunteers with the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society are up to the challenge.

This Friday, the society will have booths in locations around the county for Daisy Day, an event geared to promote awareness about palliative care.

We set up tables in different locations and try to talk to people about something they dont want to talk about end of life care, says chairperson Gerry Helm. But every one of us is going to have to at some point so we are reaching out.

During Daisy Day the public is asked by the volunteers to wear a daisy to promote awareness about palliative care, while the volunteers offer help with the often-uncomfortable topic. Donations are also welcome.

The group will hand out about 400 daisies this year.

Its not just cancer, explains Helm. There are lots of other reasons for palliative care. In our area there are a lot of people with respiratory problems and heart issues.

She also notes that as people age so too do their potential caregivers. Others, she says, are often far away.

If a family is spread all over who is going to be the caregiver?

The question we have to ask ourselves is this: If you were told suddenly you have a few weeks or months to live, who would you see? What would you say? Where do you want to be cared for?

If you cant answer those questions and you know help is available what are you waiting for?

She says the society also helps the community in other ways.

We donate books about palliative care to the library, we help students enrolled in palliative care education programs, we help people during emergencies, explains Helm. And we are trying to advocate for people who cans speak or are just to tired.

For more information visit www.virtualhospice.ca



bworks@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society

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