It has been our custom in the Diocese of the West to choose among three charities each year during Great Lent to offer our support. It is the turn of the St. Petersburg Children's Hospice which offers hard to find pain medication and end of life care for children who are dying from cancer. Our diocese has played an interesting role in the life of the hospice in that its founder, Archpriest Alexander Tkachenko, was part of a sister church program in Seattle and obtained training in clinical pastoral care there.
Fr. Alexander was inspired to build and staff the first hospice in Russia to serve dying children and their families. The facility prides itself on its colorful rooms and environment that ease the final days of seriously ill children. In addition to palliative care, the children and their families receive spiritual care.
Having visited the Children's Hospice myself, I strongly urge each parish of the diocese to adopt this worthy charity.
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