Three decades of helping those in need at the end of their lives have left those with Sunset Palliative Care thankful for the support the rest of the community gives them.

Executive Director Aldene Moroz was invited to speak at the Rotary Club meeting on May 7 and said she wanted to showcase what they do, as some people are still unfamiliar with the term palliative care.

"Many people don't realize that we will go and be companions for people, be it in the hospital, in their home or a nursing home," explains Moroz. "Everyone should have someone with them when they receive that palliative care diagnosis."

As Sunset Palliative Care is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Moroz adds that they have some projects underway, including some new signage at the Memory Garden at Island Park. She also hinted at the possibility of a new kind of garden in the future, but that's still in the early stages.

Moroz notes that she's grateful to always have the support of Portage, as well as the rest of the Central Plains.

"We have support from Oakville, High Bluff, Poplar Point, and MacGregor," says Moroz. "It's amazing what people do for us and we're so appreciative. With the new hospital coming and the six new palliative care rooms, a family room, and a rooftop garden, we're excited."

She says hitting the 30-year milestone is a wonderful time to celebrate, but it's also a time to reflect on what can be done better to help those in end-of-life care.