Thanksgiving is fast approaching and offers the opportunity to reflect on all that we’ve been given. With your help, we’ve reached a major milestone – ten years of providing loving care in our community. This birthday has inspired great celebrating, but also introspection; looking back from where we came, as well as looking ahead to our future. We are grateful to so many, who have given so much, to keep Clarehouse thriving.
From that first guest to the more than two thousand who have followed, dying individuals and their loved ones have journeyed through their final days with intention. We are grateful for this decade of learning together about not only dying well, but living.
“Good dying is not just avoiding bad experiences. Living well with a fatal illness involves having experiences that matter – having the chance to grow spiritually, getting to say some farewells and to feel the love of those who care about you, even just getting to see the flowers bloom one last time.” Excerpt from Handbook for Mortals, Oxford University Press
Guests and families express deep gratitude for the support they receive as they live out their final days at Clarehouse. Your partnership in this care is crucial. We could not provide this loving home and 24/7 compassion without the generous support you and our community provide. Can you help more families receive quality end-of-life care in the coming year? Our cost to provide care is about $200 per guest per day. Your gift will offer round-the-clock personal assistance, medication administration, symptom management, meals, living space, and a wide variety of supportive services.
As all Clarehouse care is offered free of charge, your support enables dying people to receive this unique care that they may not otherwise be able to access. Stressed families are relieved of the burden and expense of caregiving and take advantage of the opportunity to be present with their loved one, making the most of every remaining moment.
Thank you for considering a gift of compassionate support. Recently, a loving son spoke these words upon leaving Clarehouse after the death of his father, “Thank you – this has been the best ‘bad experience’ my family has ever had.” With your partnership, we will continue to help enable this transformation of dying, and living, well.
Kelley Scott Charles Sparks
Executive Director Board President