Dragoș Bucurenci is a Romanian communication strategist and coach, civic activist and television personality that many of our supporters will know as he has been Master of Ceremonies at two of our Gala Dinners. Sadly his mother passed away at the end of last year. Dragos writes about the care his mother and his family received at Hospices of Hope in Romania (Hospice Casa Sperantei).
“On Saturday we said farewell to Mom and let her rest in peace near her father and her mother. We will mourn her for a long time and the longing will probably never subside, but our pain cannot make us forget how much we owe to Hospice Casa Sperantei. Myself, my sister and my father want to thank you for taking such good care of my mother during her final days with us.
“The wonderful people at Hospice Casa Sperantei, doctors, nurses and support staff alike, did their duty with kindness, gentleness and humanity, three qualities which have long been lost in the public medical system of Romania, a reality which we regretfully had to witness during the previous days my mother spent in a state hospital.
“Mirela and her colleagues made this difficult period infinitely more bearable for Mom and for us and allowed us to be truly there for her, instead of attending to absurd bureaucratic difficulties or bending our backs backwards to obtain her much needed pain medication.
“I have been close to the work of Hospice for many years, but until now I hadn’t fully grasped the difference it can make for the dying and for their relatives. My Mom died with dignity, knowing she was loved and well cared for, and we will never be grateful enough for what you did for her and for us.”
About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
Find out more about our work.