When Rainbow Hospice Care first opened the Rainbow Hospice Care Inpatient Center (IPC) in March of 2011, the idea of building a comforting space for families to gather outdoors was not something it envisioned nor had the funds to pursue. Over time, however, it became more apparent that people visiting loved ones at the state-of-the-art Johnson Creek facility would benefit greatly from an outdoor space on the grounds to gather for contemplation, reflection, tranquility, and healing.
”We have always been looking for ways to enhance the experience of the patients and families we serve,” said Angie Zastrow, Director of Nursing and Inpatient Center Manager. “This is exactly what the inpatient center has been missing. This is what Rainbow Hospice Care is all about. Remembering, connecting, and supporting.”
Creating a labyrinth, therefore, has become the focal point of the organization’s upcoming outdoor remodeling project. While working with McKay Nursery on the design, it became clear that walkways, bricks, meditative spots, and, more importantly, a wide pathway that will accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and other devices were all necessary additions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a comfortable outdoor respite space for patients and families. Funding of this labyrinth project will provide an opportunity for others to memorialize their loved ones on the grounds of the Rainbow Hospice Care Inpatient Center. Rainbow is hoping that this restful spot will include a pergola, benches, a fire pit, and a water feature and also serve as a sacred place for quiet reflection and solitude. This spiral path with a beautiful backdrop of plants and shrubs will be a gift for the entire community.
“Each time I see families sitting outside reading a book on the patio table, I think of this space and how they will be able to connect on a deeper level,” Zastrow said. “The brick campaign will allow for that extra layer. You aren’t just walking a path. You are walking the path that is recognizing the patients we have served. You will be able to read the names of the patients who have been cared for by this organization. It is no longer just a path you are able to enjoy. Now there is more meaning behind that walk. There is simply more connection.”
You can make a donation in honor or in memory of your loved one for any amount. You also have the option to purchase a brick and dedicate it in honor of or in memory of your loved one and have their name engraved along with a short personalized message. Bricks are available in three different sizes and range in price from $250 to $1,000. A garden feature such as a bench or pergola can also be purchased as part of the donations.
To order your brick today visit www.rainbowhospicecare.org
or call (920) 674-6255 for more information.