Family expresses appreciation of compassionate care

I was deeply moved and inspired by the kindness, dignity and professionalism extended to us by the staff and volunteers at Clarehouse as they cared for our dear friend, Richard Barnes, in his last days.

Outwardly it looks like a woodsy retreat center. Inside it is decorated in cozy cottage details with every possible guest or family need provided. The peaceful atmosphere invites you to cherish these final moments with loved ones; it turns a dreaded event into a reverent transition with memories to be cherished, not nightmares to be processed.

The staff was attentive, compassionate and respectful to their charges, whom they call “guests.” Volunteers cooked food, made coffee and sat quietly, prayed or chatted with guests when family was not available. When our dear friend passed, they prepared him with love and care. As the funeral home wheeled his body to the van, every staff member and volunteer followed him respectfully out the door.

 More impressive than all this is that Clarehouse is free to guests. It was built and runs entirely on donations and the efforts of volunteers. Clarehouse has 10 beds, and a guest must be recommended by another hospice organization. We were blessed to be admitted and ever grateful to both Clarehouse and Millennium Hospice, especially Teresa and Jackie. Folks who work with hospice patients are angels on Earth.

The friends and family of Richard Barnes are ever grateful.

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