FAMILIES OF HOSPICE PATIENTS IN DIGHTON
On Saturday, October 22, 2022, we opened our Chapel and facility to the families of Hospice patients and the Staff of the Hospice Agency of Fall River, Massachusetts; there were 60 people who came. It is part of our mission as Dominican Sisters of the Presentation at the Vice-Provincial Community, in Dighton, to be welcoming and hospitable to those wishing to use our House and beautiful property.
This group comes yearly to Dighton in order to have a non-denominational memorial service for their loved ones who have passed from this life during the past year. Due to the pandemic, it has been several years since we have had the privilege of having this event.
A meaningful ritual is having the loved ones of the persons who have died let free a beautiful butterfly into the open sky. This begets many tears to everyone’s eyes. One may also notice a family member breathe a sigh of letting go or of an expression of peacefulness on their faces.
There is also a time for meeting each other in a less formal moment while enjoying some refreshments. All our guests are happy to meet the Sisters and some of us know some of the families and staff of the Hospice Agency. We, Dominican Sisters, offer our prayers to all the Hospice patients who have died, their loved ones, as well as the staff.
Sr. Karen Champagne.