The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) has opened a new Mourning Room at each campus for families to grieve the loss of a loved one immediately after they pass away in hospital.
The Mourning Rooms are meant to provide families with a private space to spend an extended period of time with their loved one after death and perform any religious rites and rituals (in accordance with hospital safety guidelines).
“These new Mourning Rooms are an important way we are responding to the spiritual and cultural needs of our diverse community during a most difficult time,” said Deris Fillier, Director of the Spiritual and Religious Care department at The Scarborough Hospital.
Each Mourning Room has been furnished with chairs, couches and tables, thanks to a donation from Klaus Nienkämper of Nienkämper Furniture and Accessories.
“We are extremely grateful to Klaus for his generous donation,” said Michael Mazza, President and CEO of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. “The beautiful and contemporary furniture he provided for each Mourning Room makes them a space where families can feel comfortable grieving the passing of their loved one.”
An event to officially open the open the Mourning Rooms and recognize the donation from Klaus Nienkämper was held at the hospital’s Birchmount campus today. Staff, physicians and volunteers were also invited to tour both Mourning Rooms and learn more about how families can access them.