The Hospice Movement exists to help people in their last stages of life. People in the Hospice Movement are caring and self-sacrificing. Who knew they could also have a sense of fun?
A rollicking fundraising party was held at the French Embassy on Saturday night, April 11th. The theme was "Welcome to the Magic of Montmartre." Over 325 guests were greeted by Marie Antoinette offering champagne. The actress portraying the last Queen of France fortunately still had her head attached. Edith Piaf (Robin Phillips) sang her defiant French songs. There were can-can dancers, mimes, jugglers, and delicious French food and drink.
Tim Cox, the Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Home and Community Hospices, wrote, "we are the oldest health care institution in the nation's capital -- starting 126 years ago." He says, "our founders believed that aging and terminally ill women and men -- especially those who had no one else to care for them -- deserved compassionate care at the end of their lives."
Honorary Host Committee organizer, Jan Du Plain, summed it up, "Hospices are a celebration of life, not of death!"
Unfortunately, death comes to us all, but it is nice to defer it as long as you can. And when it approaches, greet it with as little pain and sadness as possible, the warmth of caring friends and family, and as much joie de vivre as you can. That is the lesson the Hospice Movement teaches us!