Building hope through dignity, compassion
and the strength of our communities.
Norfolk Haldimand Community Hospice
Hospice care provides high-quality, compassionate end-of-life services and care to people and their loved ones,
addressing needs on every level: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.
Though grief is a natural part of loss, it can also be one of the most difficult experiences of our lives. Grieving is a process and how we grieve is unique to each person. Yet it doesn’t mean we need to experience it alone. If you are living through the death of a loved or are currently experiencing the imminent death of a loved one, we are here to help guide and support you.
Generously supported by Ontario Trillium Foundation
Our ‘Light it Up Blue’ memorial trees are adorned with blue lights in honour of those we have lost and dearly miss, particularly during the holidays.
DONATE TO THE COMMUNITY TREE of your choice and have a blue light 'named' in honour of your loved one. Your donation not only supports lighting of the trees, it will help us with our mission to build a Centre for Hospice Palliative Care closer to home.
Born from a Father’s Love
In September 2022, Rick King’s daughter, Michelle, unexpectedly passed away, a devastating loss no parent should ever have to experience. Despite living in different provinces, they connected every day and were the best of friends as well as father and daughter.
Michelle’s favourite colour was blue. Rick could never have imagined the colour she loved her whole life would one day turn into blue lights on a memorial tree for his beloved daughter. Yet at Christmas time last year, Rick found himself standing beside not one but several blue lit trees in his Caledonia community honouring Michelle. He found comfort and healing amongst those lit trees. Visiting them nightly during the Christmas season, he believes that Michelle was smiling that beautiful smile of hers right alongside him.
In learning about the Norfolk Haldimand Community Hospice Holiday Tree of Hope located in Port Dover, Rick became inspired to have a tree closer to home in memory of Michelle. Through the sheer determination of a grieving father, Rick found support from the Caledonia BIA and together they made the "Michelle blue light tree" happen. It is his hope that together we can not only keep the spark lit in memory of Michelle but also that the “blue light” trees in Haldimand and Norfolk will offer an opportunity of healing to other grieving families in helping them honour, remember and carry forward the light of their own loved ones.
Norfolk Haldimand Community Hospice Blue Light Campaign In loving memory of Michelle Lindsay King-Pezel