Aurora Zilber Family Hospice is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary of serving patients and families. There are events taking place throughout the year to celebrate this milestone and raise money to support Zilber Family Hospice.
Since Zilber Family Hospice opened, caregivers have provided care and offered support to hundreds in the community. We often receive letters from family members about their experience. Here’s a letter from one grateful son, Adam, whose mother stayed at Zilber Family Hospice:
I am currently sitting next to my mother who has a life expectancy of hours to days. Her breathing is slow and shallow but she is clearly comfortable and at peace. Sixteen days ago she said her nightly prayers with my stepfather, went to sleep and has not woken since.
My mom is a young 67. As a neighbor said in tears this week, “She made the world a better place.” During our time at Aurora Zilber Family Hospice, we have had many visitors come in shock and leave with wet eyes. It was all very sudden and leaves a gaping hole in many lives. There is no cushioning a blow like this, but I cannot say enough about the care at this facility.
I can’t possibly list all of the nurses, staff and the wonderful chef who have gone above and beyond. I am from Philadelphia and have been living in my mom’s room for a week. This has literally become my Milwaukee home. In an odd way, it is peaceful for me here, even with my mother’s life nearing the end. It’s the small things like comfortable chairs, a hot shower, good food, and birds at the feeder that make immeasurable differences.
I watch her chest rise and fall, and jump at every pause. This is unquestionably the worst experience of my life. There is this awful balance between wanting this to be over and not wanting her to be gone. There will be no happy ending here, but she is comfortable and peaceful. I cannot express how important it is to know she is not suffering and is cared for around the clock.
I have also come to see that although my mom is the patient here, in many ways, we are the ones being attended to. The care is not just for the patient, but is extended to the entire family. I don’t have the words that truly fit how I feel about the Zilber hospice. Simply, I am grateful. The care and professionalism is excellent and because of that, our transition will be smoother and our grief cleaner.
Generous donations make it possible for people, like Adam, to focus on spending time with his mother and honoring her life, instead of worrying about the details related to her care.