Moments That Matter grew from a conversation discussing what the last season of one’s life looks like. From that conversation, Moments That Matter was launched in 2018 in the Quincy area as part of the UnityPoint Hospice Program, focusing on honoring patients by fulfilling their “bucket list wishes.”
As we met with patients and their families, we found they were so overwhelmed with worry and challenges, that the desire for other experiences was not always top priority. Moments That Matter changed that by talking to patients and families about experiences they would like to share before illness progressed to a point when that may no longer be possible.
In 2019, Moments that Matter expanded by joining with the Quincy Medical Group Foundation giving us an opportunity to honor more people in our community with moments. In 2021, we took this opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future of our fund, as many things were put on pause due to the pandemic. Now more than ever, we feel the importance of the everyday moments.
As Moments That Matter has evolved, we continue to honor individuals facing a terminal illness. The fund has expanded to include patients in memory care due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, patients facing difficult diagnoses, and legacy wishes for those who are nominated through Moments That Matter but who pass away before seeing their moment realized.
Along the way, as moments are granted, we hope to involve more of our local communities so that those we honor can feel the love of those around them.