Story: Coping with Loss During the Christmas Season

Coping with Loss During the Christmas Season Waipuna Hospice Counsellor Karen Schilperoort gives guidance on how to get through Christmas, an often difficult season for those who have lost a loved one. As the Christmas holidays approach, anticipating special occasions can be particularly difficult for families grieving a loss. Families can find meaningful ways to…

Story: All The Stars In The Sky

All The Stars In The Sky On a sunny day, nestled in the heart of Waipuna Hospice sits Baden Jury, a patient of ours who at the time of this interview was staying in our Inpatient Unit for respite care. 35 years ago, Baden was first diagnosed with cancer and given months to live. But,…

Story: Die With Great Memories Not Dreams

Die With Great Memories, Not Dreams. A story about Peter Oakes, as told by Pazia Moore. “Quite frankly, it sucks to know I am dying. But that isn’t the whole picture. I’ve also got a life to live in the meantime.” I’m Pazia, the Marketing and Communication Manager at Waipuna Hospice – a role I…

Story: A Light During My Darkest Days

A Light During My Darkest Days A story by Lisa Fowler Waipuna Hospice cared for us physically and emotionally, preparing us for the difficult journey of grief, loss, and bereavement. With your help, they can continue providing this vital support to people in your community. In 2008, not long before my birthday in August, my…

Story: Facing Loss Alone

Facing loss alone. Facing a terminal diagnosis comes with difficult and varying emotions for both the patient and their whānau. The process is hard, no matter the circumstances, and for those who live away from family, an instant sense of loneliness and helplessness is unavoidable. For Lucy and Richard, this became their raw reality. We…

Story: Dying with Dignity

Dying with Dignity The importance of patient dignity in end-of-life care cannot be denied. The concept of dignity may be likened to that of love – important, widely understood, difficult to define, and something that can’t be taught in a black-or-white manner. At Waipuna Hospice, we believe respecting patient dignity and giving patients choices is…