New West Hospice Society wants to normalize conversations about death, dying, grief

Originally published in the New West Record

The New West Hospice Society is hard at work on initiatives aimed at normalizing conversations about death and dying.

The society – named New Westminster’s Not-For-Profit of the Year at the 2017 Platinum Awards – was created in 2016. Its ultimate goal is to create a physical hospice in New Westminster.

“We’re one of the only cities that does not have a physical hospice,” said Rani MacInnes, the society’s volunteer program manager. “Currently, people that are living in our community of New Westminster, they have to leave their community and have to go somewhere else.”

Not only do New West residents in need of hospice care have to go to facilities in other cities, but their family and friends have to travel to those communities to visit them.

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Photo Credit: Rani MacInnes and Yuri Larsson, from left, of the New West Hospice Society.