Giving Dignity in Death
It is not uncommon to receive inquiries, insights and feedback by way of mail, email and phone from family and friends of clients at Haven Toronto. Sometimes Haven Toronto is the only connection between distant family and those homeless and living on the streets of Toronto.
We received this note in the last couple of days...
“My nephew knew the pancreatic cancer was as a result of the life he lived. He took full ownership. He was the youngest pancreatic cancer patient in the
history of the disease. In the fall of 2016 his doctor told him he was "cancer free" however, the cancer returned with a vengeance in May 2017. That is when he found himself homeless and dying in Toronto.
PEACH came to his aid. PEACH was there for him. They didn't judge him they provided him with a home and furnished. it. When my nephew passed on, PEACH provided him with a personalized service at a lovey funeral home in Toronto. PEACH also had my nephew driven to his final resting spot almost 2 hours away from Toronto.
If it wasn't for PEACH he would have died alone on the street in Toronto. Thank you. Our family had no idea people like you existed. We are overwhelmed by your generosity. You provided assistance to a young man who desperately needed someone to care for him. We can never repay you for that. Thank you for giving him his dignity in death.”
The goal of The Good Wishes Project, a Haven Toronto initiative in partnership with PEACH, is to personalize the process of dying and to bring comfort and dignity to the last days of those who have lived a difficult life. Donations can be made to the Good Wishes Project to support ongoing efforts.