Gregor’s Gift gently cares for caretakers of terminally and critically ill family members.
My husband, Gregor, and I learned on June 26, 2020, that we were expecting twins and that Gregor had stage 4 esophageal cancer. It was a day that would forever change our lives in so many ways. Gregor was going through aggressive radiation and chemotherapy when our twins were born in Jan 2021. We had three precious days together as a new family of 4 to take in all the anxiety and joy that new families experience. Gregor took care of the babies, and me, in the hospital, changing diapers, feeding, and sharing stories and life lessons with our day-old twins.
In early February, Gregor’s cancer spread and began to take his mobility and motor skills away from him. He fought with everything he had for another few months, and on Dec 8, 2021, with his hand in mine he slipped away.
Our twins were ten months old. As I sat broken hearted, I felt like I had to do something to honour Gregor’s courage and teach the twins how generous their father’s heart was and how much he loved them.
I felt like I had to do something to honour Gregor’s courage and teach the twins how generous their father’s heart was…
Throughout our journey, Gregor’s generous spirit never dulled. He was always checking in to make sure I was ok and arranging for me to have a hot cup of coffee (my fav!). His heart was full of love to his very last day. Gregor’s legacy is to let us all know that love lives on. The projects Gregor’s Gift support keep his generous heart with us.
St. Joseph’s Hospice Feature
“Twenty-four hours in a space that was quiet and peaceful, away from the loud beeping and bustle of a busy hospital environment, where both Tara and Gregor were cared for in Gregor’s last hours.”
Our Story was recently featured on the St. Joseph’s Hospice website. We’d appreciate you taking the time to read it, and consider supporting St. Joseph’s Hospice & Gregor’s Gift