A message from David Moynan, our family support and pastoral carer, who’s been working from home and considers himself in the business of providing “virtual hugs”:
“While working from home, I’ve been making contact with patients and their families who are on Hospice Service, whether at home, in hospital or in aged care facilities, who may have particular need of support in relation to spiritual or emotional issues, or simply need someone to whom they can talk.
“I’ve also been contacting individual Hospice staff and volunteers: You could say I am in the business of “virtual hugs”!
“I am privileged to have the opportunity to do this work from home while others in the medical profession and in the wider community must continue their frontline work, despite health risks to themselves.
“Yet others are simply ‘out of work’ at this time and are enduring financial hardship and uncertainty in respect of their jobs and/or businesses.
“The people I have reached by phone and email have been delighted that Hospice has made contact, offering continuing support – just knowing that we are thinking of them.
“In all of this, I am immensely proud of the manner in which the Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health, and others representing the Government, are bringing us through the difficulties and sadnesses of this time.
“I’m grateful to Hospice management and team members for their courtesy and consideration in making work and life as ‘normal’ as possible in these difficult times.
“Regarding the Covid-19 pandemic as a whole, I take solace in words of an old man who spoke at the funeral of his son- “Just as the happiness of good times pass, so too the sadnesses of difficulty and loss will also pass”. All shall be well in the end.