For 20 years, employees of the "Wegwarte hospice group" have been accompanying the dying until they die, giving comfort to the bereaved.
But the corona virus makes the work of the helpers more difficult.
- Three hours before the start of the celebrations in the “Alten Wirt” for the 20th anniversary of the hospice group, District Administrator Göbel raised his thumb on the phone, says chairwoman Lissy Meyer: “Until the morning it was uncertain whether we would be allowed to celebrate.” All because of that Corona.
The virus does not make it easy for the 15 active euthanasia of the almost 80-strong hospice group.
Hospice needs proximity, Corona requires distance.
“That was a big problem and it is still today.
People who need us most die lonely and alone, "says Meyer and emphasizes:" We would never go to people if we are not 100 percent sure that we are healthy.
We are aware of our responsibility. "
Brochure tells of the experiences of the hospice helpers
Voluntary dying attendants must also demonstrate training.
Meyer got her certificate ten years ago.
The tools also include strength of character and a certain sensitivity for the needs of the other person.
The brochure published for the 20th anniversary tells of the experiences that hospice helpers have had.
No education in the world can teach a dying companion, however committed, to deal with the dying of a six-year-old child and the pain of the parents.
Companion for people in the last phase of life.
District Administrator Christoph Göbel's comparison in his speech with the “common Wegwarte”, the medicinal plant of the year, is somehow fitting.
On stony roadsides, where it gets “frayed and uneven”, you will find them, the Wegwarte: “companions for people in the last phase of life.” Just as they prefer to see themselves.
Johanna Hagn, chairwoman of the Arge Hospiz München-Land, tells of a terminally ill woman who learned that she only had one year left.
"How do I tell the family, the children?" Fight?
When it comes down to it, it is important "to set out on the way home to our homeland with serenity and confidence." The Arge Hospiz hopes to be able to convey this.
To deal with the subject of hospice means to deal with death.
This also applies to a festive day like this one.
What Unterschleißheim's third mayor, Annegret Harms, calls a “sensitization process”, has led her to “Maria Stuart”.
“Now I have nothing more,” complains the Queen of Scotland, at the end of her life, in Schiller's drama of the same name: wealth, reputation, friends - none of that counts anymore.
Instead, the queen stayed with Hanna, the loyal nurse who was her companion on her last walk to the scaffold.
This is hospice.