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Our 7th Annual Butterfly Release, Presented by Burke Funeral Homes took place on August 19th. It was a beautiful day celebrating our loved ones on the grounds of hospice.

Thank you to all who participated and shared the day with us!

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On Friday July 28th we hosted our very first Hospice Wedding. All it took was a request from a loving daughter, a little bit of magic from staff, and it was all pulled together in under 24 hours.

Bev and Danny had been together and engaged for a long time and after their 20+ years together they had not had a wedding. Bev’s daughter Cheryl expressed that she felt it would mean a lot to her mom and was her dying wish to be married to Dan before her time with him was over. Just like that hospice staff fell into action and made her wish come true. The couple had a small intimate bedside service in our ‘dragonfly room’. The room was beautifully decorated by Bev’s daughter Cheryl, there was music, a photographer, an officiant, a cake, snacks and refreshments, and she wore a beautiful wedding dress that her daughter had gotten for her. Cheryl, through tears of joy said that we are like “Disneyland for the dying” and that’s one of the greatest compliments we could have possibly received.

There were so many people who helped bring this day together that deserve to be acknowledged: Tristan Lindsay, grief and bereavement coordinator/wedding planner; Kaitlyn Erwin, Hospice Residence Manager/wedding planner; Lorna-Mae Palmateer, Photographer; Colleen MacAllister, musician; Padre W. White, Br. 428 Royal Canadian Legion, Tweed, Officiant; JoAnn Bacon, Flowers and Volunteer; Gerri Heath, Volunteer. This event was heartwarming and brought a tremendous amount of joy to all of the staff, volunteers, and family involved and it was an honour to be able to make this day happen for the Bride and Groom.

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The Heart of Hastings Hospice hosted its 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, this past week. It was a fun filled day with incredible community support. The tournament - Presented by Team Denison, Remax Quinte was a huge success with 14 teams and 59 participants in attendance.

We were thrilled to have the weather hold for our tournament, making it a fun filled day in the sun. Mother Nature was good to us,” said Pauline Pietschmann, Fundraising and Awareness Coordinator at The Heart of Hastings Hospice. “

Community support around this event was high, and the funds raised were crucial to ensuring much-needed free programs and services continue. Some of the incredible sponsors at the event included Platinum Sponsor, Powell Powersports & Recreation, with new support from DC Farms and Bay Subaru.

Special guest, pro golf entertainer Todd Keirstead was on hand once again this year to entertain and help fundraise on Hole One with trick shots that impressed.

Final numbers are still being calculated, however it is expected that close to $18,000 was brought in at the event.

The Heart of Hastings Hospice is a community-based volunteer service that offers in-home palliative care to those in the Central Hastings area, as well as operating a 24hr, newly expanded 3 bed residential hospice home for those who are facing their end of life journey. All services are provided free of charge. Their work is dedicated to embracing the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological needs of each and every individual they assist, as well as their families. The support continues, after death, through grief and bereavement services. “We are very grateful to the generous, community-minded supporters and participants, who wholeheartedly believe in the importance of the work of Hospice. “adds Pauline

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