"My Dad lived a wonderful, productive life as a farmer, agricultural newscaster, and USDA senior executive. After his cancer reappeared, he told my wife Suzanne that if he could no longer live in his apartment, the only place he wanted to be was at the Aroostook House of Comfort. About a week before his passing, Dad went into hospice care. First, he received in-home care and eventually he was moved to the House of Comfort. While he was where he wanted to be, unfortunately he didn’t have the time he was hoping for to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the House. But I believe that was where he wanted to be, and once there, was at peace with God.
Our family has had lots of experience with hospice care—Suzanne’s father, my mother, our son-in-law, and then Dad. Our daughter lost her husband to cancer and cared for him while he received in-home hospice care. She was with us when Dad passed and later told me that she now “gets it” about why the House of Comfort is so important. She was amazed at the level of compassionate care given to Dad by the staff at the House. Being a caregiver is mentally and emotionally taxing and having volunteers as well as professional staff there to support and comfort families is a gift to them. The Aroostook House of Comfort has an atmosphere that is calm, private, and home-like, giving patients and family a comfortable space to be in during such a challenging time. The House is indeed a special place—a special blessing."