Letters to the Editor

Hospice society offers thanks

Dear editor,

On behalf of the board of directors of the Comox Valley Hospice Society, I would like to express our thanks to the Comox Valley Record for your recent coverage of the Courtenay Rotary’s support of our endeavour to raise the funds to build a residential hospice for our residents.

As we all know, the Comox Valley has been seriously lagging behind other communities both in the province and nationally in providing appropriate services for end-of-life patients and their families.

Unfortunately, in the article in the Nov. 28 Record, the eighth paragraph contains a rather serious error.

Specifically, the Comox Valley does not have a residential hospice as an option for end-of-life patients at this time.

The lack of such a facility creates a huge gap in care for our residents and serves as the motivation for our fundraising efforts.

Our current status as a very desirable retirement community, coupled with the “grey tsunami” of the baby boomers, will only serve to exponentially increase our needs for appropriate end-of-life services as we move forward.

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