A beautifully landscaped space that offers a peaceful setting for patients and families to visit and reflect was dedicated at Mercy New Life Hospice the evening of June 4 on the grounds of the Mercy Regional Medical Center.
The walkway is set with 850 engraved pavers, purchased as memorial tributes to loved ones. The garden stands as a tribute to those who found care in their final days through Mercy New Life Hospice.
“Daily, we are touched by stories from families expressing their gratitude for the compassionate and dignified care our entire hospice team provides,” said Mercy President and CEO Edwin Oley. “What you may not know is that Mercy New Life Hospice is the first hospice program to ever serve residents of Lorain County.”
“Mercy New Life Hospice has a rich history in Lorain County,” added Mercy Foundation President Scott Pember, whose family has three pavers within the memorial. Mercy Foundation has pledged over $100,000 in support of New Life Hospice for 2015. “Funds are used to provide in-patient hospice care for patients without the ability to pay, and no cost grief counselling sessions with licensed therapists for bereaved spouses, family members and children.”
“These tributes truly celebrate the individuals they honor by making Mercy’s hospice care accessible to every member of our community,” added Pember.
The entire memorial walkway is designed to pay tribute to those names honored with pavers while creating a peaceful space for current patients and their families. A special memorial gift was made by Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Kate Nord in honor of Kate’s father, John Frisna, with the donation of a beautiful line of maple trees that line Beavercrest Drive on the west side of the hospice campus. “The event was very moving for us,” said Mr. and Mrs. Nord. “We have reflected on how special it was to be with people of our community coming together for a common reason and purpose.”
“These bricks are important. These names are important, because names have power. They bring significance to our interactions,” said Bereavement Coordinator Jennifer Mosely. “When we name someone, we claim them. It is no longer impersonal, we now have a relationship.”
“Each one of these pavers represent the power of celebration which will live on in the lives of their loved ones,” said New Life Hospice Executive Director Jeff Zink. “All of us here throughout our Mercy system are committed now and in the future to allow that celebration of life and dignity to continue.”