Newsletter Spring 2016

How Hospice Volunteers make a profound difference:

One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air. “What are you doing?” asked the elephant. The hummingbird replied, “I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall.” The elephant laughed cruelly. “Do you really think,” he said, “that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?” The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, “Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do.”

Chinese Proverb.


Hospice Impacting Our Community

The decision to leave your home and be admitted to a long term palliative care facility is filled with guilt and heartbreak. Even more so knowing you will never come home. In our community we have one bed in the Pavilion available for this vital care.

Darek and I made the decision together and he was moved to the Pavilion on July 19/2015, a day after his 53rd birthday.

From the first day many fears were alleviated as the nurses became attracted to Darek’s ever present light and humor. The volunteers of the New Denver Hospice Society became family very quickly and a lifeline for the boys and I and so much so for Darek. As the family we were enveloped in care and support from the Hospice Volunteers.

It was a pleasure and honor to spent time with each nurse and volunteer during those final few weeks. Julie, Richard, Colin, Matt, Robin, Leslie and Katrina, the hours you spent with Darek were some of my favorite memories.

You each touched my soul with your selflessness and kindness. Adryan, Alkeks and I thank New Denver Hospice for bringing dignity to the process.

Joannah Ratynski



In loving memory of our clients

Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland ~ 1847-1918
Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral ~ London. UK 



Winter 2019

Death Cafe and the Advanced Care Planning Conversation Game, date TBA

Spring 2019

Volunteer Training, Tentative Dates: March 30/31 and April 13/14, 2019.

Bereavement Support Workshop, Dates: TBA. For bereaved members of the community.

Hike for Hospice Fundraiser, Sunday May 5, at Centennial Park.

Annual General Meeting, generally the last Tuesday in May.

Summer 2019

Garden Committee Garage Sale, Date, TBA

Donation Store Days, Date, TBA

Fall 2019

Hills Garlic Festival

September 8, 2019,

Centennial Park, New Denver

Stay tuned for our new approach!!


Grief Support Training, Date: TBA

Spring 2019 TBA

Winter 2019

Tree of Remembrance at Merchant’s Night

Blue Christmas at the Knox Hall, in association with WideSpot in the Road.