Family Stories & Testimonials

Meet Ralph

Like many people, Mitchell Brown did not know much about hospice care before entering the McNally House Hospice doors with his father, Ralph Brown. Mitchell says Ralph was a dedicated worker and a good father to his five children. Mitchell helped care for his father for about seven years, after his mother passed, before bringing him to McNally House.

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Meet John

John Dunsmuir had never heard of McNally House Hospice until his wife of 23 years, Lauraine, became a resident in 2018. She was “happy-go-lucky and always had a twinkle in her eye,” according to John. Thanks to McNally, John, along with Lauraine’s daughters, were able to be with her when she passed.

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$15,900 OTF Grant Builds Resilience for McNally House

McNally House Hospice received a $15,900 grant over 12 months from the Resilient Communities Fund at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. These funds were used to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

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Meet John

John Pachereva was a well-known businessman in Beamsville and Grimsby. After he died, many of his former employees wrote about his kindness, fairness and the care he gave to his community. His smile was engaging, his conversation was welcoming, and his laugh was contagious. “Gosh, golly, jingle,” was his favourite phrase.

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Meet Lori

“Trent had the best smile, like he knew something that the rest of us didn’t know. He was an amazing man; the light of my life.” Says Lori Stevenson about her husband of 24 years. This is Lori’s story of finding healing and hope after the light of your life has gone out.

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Meet Grace

Grace Cowling was a distinguished artist in the Grimsby community. Many of Grace’s paintings hang in the hallways and rooms at McNally House. Holding McNally in great esteem, she gifted these paintings to the house when it opened in 2008.

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Meet Linda

Linda Bowen has been a caregiver for most of her life.  At the age of ten, she helped care for her younger brother who had cerebral palsy and then in 2019, Linda called on these skills again when she became the primary caregiver for her parents who were both dealing with major health issues

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Meet Erika

Erika Werner was deeply familiar with the care and compassion given to others in a health care setting. She was a registered nurse for more than fifty years, as well as, the founder of Rainbow Residence, a seniors’ residence.

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Meet Sue

In March, 2008, Sue Gracey was hired at the newly built McNally House Hospice, in Grimsby as a Personal Support Worker (PSW). Sue was part of the team that welcomed the first resident to McNally on April 7, 2008.

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