Regional Hospice and Home Care’s friends, supporters and staff recently gathered in honor of a special advocate, CT Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. Surrounded by the peace and beauty of the Memorial Gardens at the Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Wyman was presented with an inscribed paver serving as an enduring reminder of her dedication and support. Wyman, in partnership with Governor Dannel Malloy, was instrumental in supporting hospice regulations that changed the way care was provided in the state of Connecticut. In addition, the team supported the expansion of the Healing Hearts Center for Grief & Loss with a $1.2 million grant.
A Different Hospice Experience
After a tour of the Center led by President and CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy, Wyman was overwhelmed with emotion. She met a patient who has been living in the Center for several months. The patient told her how much pampering she had experienced from daily bubble baths in the spa tub, to strolls in the gardens, and meals made to order.
An Unbelievable Level of Care
In disbelief, Wyman exclaimed, “The comfort of this place, and from all of you who had any part in this place. Thank you for giving back so much… The smiles on your faces and this beautiful facility that makes you feel like you are home. I can’t believe it – really I can’t – I walked in thinking it was a hospice center.” She went on to explain how amazing it is that every night patients are asked, “What would you like for dinner?” Such a simple question that does so much to make a person feel nurtured.
We Need More Places Like This
The Lieutenant Governor concluded with a more powerful question:
“How do we get this message out? That we need more places like this. That we need to find a way to deliver the services to the loved ones from the youngest to the oldest.”
As she fought back tears, Wyman expressed sincere gratitude for those in attendance, “I just want to say thank you. Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for allowing me to be here to see this. $1.2 million is nothing compared to what you have all done to make this happen for the people who need it.”
A Legacy of Caring
The gratitude and emotional response was mutual as Roy praised Wyman for her role in helping Regional Hospice and Home Care, “provide free bereavement services to anyone who needs them, for as long as they need them.” The two embraced as Wyman was surprised with the paver that will be a permanent addition to the Center’s gardens, adjacent to those honoring former patients and fellow supporters of hospice care.
If you would like to purchase a paver in support of hospice patient care or bereavement services, please visit the Make a Gift page.