My mother Loretta lived the life that movies are made of. Raising 7 kids as a single mother, she strived to get ahead and provided us kids with the necessary tools to succeed in life.
Once the kids were all out the door, Loretta could finally live a life for herself, do things she had always wanted to do. She painted, she traveled, she went great distances to watch figure skating. She had a great sense of humour, could take some banter and could give it out too. Loretta could hold her own at a birthday roast, and that's for sure. In her 80's she enjoyed her veggie garden, her goldfish and the odd spicy Caesar.
Though her body started to fail her, her mind never did. Loretta was sharp right up until the end. She'd enjoy a good joke, and tell one too. She fought hard to stay in her house but in the end even she decided it was time for her to go to Hospice.
Though Loretta's stay there was short, she proclaimed from the beginning that she wished she had come to Hospice sooner. She realized how hard it had become for her family to care for her and this helped her to decide to make the move. She loved all the caregivers at Victoria Hospice and she was quite at ease with where she now was. Once her siblings and children had visited her at Hospice, she was content to say goodbye to this life.
I feel if my mom had any regrets it would be that she would have come to Hospice earlier than she did. Once she was there it was as if a huge weight was released from her shoulders. She was more relaxed and the family was too. As hard as it may be to let go of your independence, it may become necessary to come to Hospice to get the care you require that your family just isn't trained or qualified to give.
We are so thankful for the great care and respect that Victoria Hospice showed both us and Loretta and we are all now praising and spreading the word of their great work and support teams.