Freda Harrison detailed her experience with Hospice Malta, with whom she has been a volunteer for 32 years, where she found immense solace and support when her husband was diagnosed with cancer.
During a special cabinet meeting with voluntary NGOs yesterday, Harrison recalled how she was sent by the NGO to complete a course on daycare and residential care to expand her knowledge.
She shared with Cabinet how this experience helped her immensely when her own husband fell ill as she knew exactly what she had to do in order to deal with the situation.
On her husband John’s diagnoses, in a 2021 Hospice video, Harrison said that “having encountered so many sick individuals” she had “never expected” that one day he would be next.
She detailed the immense help she received from her fellow hospice volunteers when her husband was diagnosed, explained that they used to tell her that the organisation is “paying her back” for all her years helping others.
“The kept on supporting me until the very last minute. Their help and support is indescribable,” Harrison said.
“I genuinely hope that each and every person in Malta knows what hospice is,” she continued, adding that the NGO’s services are “completely free”.
Hospice is a volunteer organisation that cares for patients who are terminally ill, helping improve their quality of life.
Just last year, Hospice helped around 1500 families, according to Harrison who said that it was not just the patients that were aided, “but also their families”.
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