Karuna’s 2019 Tax Appeal
Dear Friend of Karuna,
As a valued supporter of Karuna you know we care for hundreds of families every year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of cost.
This June I’m asking you to consider giving generously to our tax appeal so we can continue supporting people living with terminal illness and their families, to live well and die peacefully in their place of choice.
Chantelle King is one of Karuna’s volunteers and has a very personal reason for giving her support. I would like to share her story with you.
Tracey Porst, CEO Karuna Hospice Services.
In 2016 at the age of 57 Chantelle’s Mum, Sharon King was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. This was a devastating blow for her children – Chantelle, Dominique, Odette and Tony as they had lost their father to pancreatic cancer in 2011.
Sharon was given a terminal diagnosis and there was nothing the doctors could do. Upon hearing her serious prognosis, Sharon’s only wish was to die at home.
“Our father at age 54 died in hospital so we were familiar with the hospital process. But regarding in-home palliative care, we had no idea where to turn, how it worked or what would be involved in caring for Mum at home”.
“With no other family for support, no medical background and absolutely no understanding of how to care for a terminally ill person, Karuna became our family. They assisted us in ways I can never truly describe.”
“Whether it be midnight phone calls to adjust Mum’s pain dosage; daily visits to our home to check in and guide us on Mum’s care or accessing the on-call nurses to answer questions and help us find medical resources – Karuna was exceptional in their support,” she said.
As you may know, Karuna provides these services free of charge.
“Venerable Chodron from Karuna spent time with us – listening, meditating and helping us learn to navigate this traumatic journey individually and together as a family, reminding us to be kind to each other,” said Chantelle.
Karuna’s relies on the generosity of donors, allowing us to continue our commitment to home-based, holistic palliative care.
“Karuna made the experience of Mum dying a journey of profound healing, deep gratitude and empowerment for our family. Karuna gave us the confidence to care for Mum, surrounded by her loved ones, granting her wish of dying at home,” she said.
Chantelle said the team at Karuna were very special humans who welcomed families with unconditional love and deep compassion.
“Our hope is that other families reach out to Karuna in their time of need and experience death in the positive way we did when facing the loss of a loved one – by finding peace, calm and kindness,” she said.