The day after my brother -in-law John’s funeral in Leamington, Ontario we toured the hospice where he had spent the last days of his life. What a beautiful place! Spacious light-filled rooms with private patios, fireplaces, desks and every amenity a resident or their family might need. A grand piano to bring music into the building, a sunny garden room, a play area for children, a diningroom and kitchen where staff provided snacks and made to order meals to residents and their families, a library, and a special room for loved ones to rest or sleep or gather to talk. The morning we were there a group of women was busy creating the handmade quilts they stitch for every person who spends time at the hospice.
There was lots of beautiful art on the walls but I was particularly drawn to a display of work by middle school students. They had studied Canada’s famous Group of Seven artists and then created their own paintings in that style to display in the hospice to cheer those who came there. A plaque on the wall explained their project and its name In The Footsteps of Tom Thompson. Thompson was the founder of the Group of Seven art collective.
I love children’s art and the work at the hospice was especially meaningful because I knew how much my brother-in-law John had enjoyed art too.