Walsh, who became became aware of the Hospice Home when fundraising for the project began said, “I typically donate gift certificates for raffles at fundraisers, but every year or two I donate a substantial installed piece to a facility that I have an interest in or that I or someone I know has benefited from the services of; in the past three years I’ve lost several friends and family members who received the wonderful care that Hospice provides, so going the extra mile for this “labor of love” project was without question.”
The 32” x 41” stained glass windows were created to provide a comforting effect on visitors, residents and staff of the Pat Roche Hospice Home, which is owned and operated by NVNA and Hospice. The window design has its roots in the ceramic tile inserts in the stone wall of the garden outside the home.
“When I first visited Hospice Home I wandered around what were once likely elaborate gardens on the premises,” said Walsh. “I took photographs of the original garden walls, terra-cotta inserts and carved stone pieces; when I began my design I used elements from the garden walls as the basis to bring original elements from the outside to the inside.”
Walsh, whose Coastal Art Glass studio has produced thousands of windows for residential, commercial and ecclesiastical applications in this country and internationally, created a design to fill both windows entirely in a considerate effort to provide privacy for both the chapel and veranda.
“My main objective was to deliver a positive and calming effect to all those visiting the chapel,” said Walsh.
The 12-bed non-profit hospice residence is open to anyone qualified to receive hospice services who cannot remain within their own home for end-of-life care. The NVNA Hospice Team provides the same level of care to patients living in the hospice residence as they do to patients living in their own homes. The focus of care is on providing physical, emotional, social and spiritual support for patients and their families. Patients have their own private room with bathroom, and can share common areas where family can gather and visit, such as library, tea room, a family lounge area with full kitchen, outside porch, and spectacular surrounding grounds.
“We are so grateful to Jane for generously giving of her time and talent to create such beauty for our chapel,” said Meg Doherty, CEO of NVNA and Hospice. “The Pat Roche Hospice home is a truly special place and as a not-for-profit we depend on the community for support. We are pleased by the involvement of the community in volunteering and contributing to our hospice residence.”
About NVNA and Hospice
Founded in 1920, NVNA and Hospice is the only independent, non-profit home health care and hospice agency serving the South Shore. The agency’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors continues as it serves nearly 600 patients a day, and offers an average of 45 free community health screenings, educational programs and support groups each month in more than 27 communities on the South Shore. NVNA and Hospice is the only Massachusetts agency to be named a Home Care Elite Top Agency in the United States for eight consecutive years; most recently qualifying in the Top 500. In addition to its home care and hospice services, NVNA and Hospice owns and operates the Pat Roche Hospice Home of Hingham; NVNA Works, a non-profit private duty homecare division; and Cancer Support Community – MA South Shore, a non-profit providing support, education, and programs for those impacted by cancer. For more information, call NVNA and Hospice at 781-659-2342 or visit www.nvna.org.