About The Lighthouse - The Lighthouse, Children and Families

About The Lighthouse

Founded in 1999, The Lighthouse, Children and Families offers extensive pediatric palliative care services to children and provides respite and assistance services and bereavement follow-up to their families.

A compassionate and gentle mission

The Lighthouse, Children and Families has developed an expertise and a range of pediatric palliative care services for children and adolescents under 18, along with their families and loved ones.

Pediatric palliative care is defined as “acute and comprehensive care encompassing the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Palliative care is meant to help offer the best possible quality of life for the child and to give support to the family. This includes relief of the child’s symptoms, respite for the family, and care up to the time of death and during the bereavement period.” (Normes en matière de soins palliatifs, ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux) [in French only]

Our vision

With the help of the children, their families, and its partners, The Lighthouse, Children and Families is able to develop and transform pediatric palliative care practices through a compassionate, collaborative and innovative approach.

Our values

Respect

Whether you are a sailor or a captain, the desire to steer the ship, its crew and its cargo into a safe harbour remains the same. Based on this shared objective and a common vigilance, each one believes that the other is essential. Every part is vital to keep the ship on course, from the rudder to the forecastle to the crow’s nest, and they all require special care and attention.

Benevolence

The watchman’s job is to scan the fog from a lookout post to guide ships into port and navigate through the storms. This role is both modest and essential because the watchman must forget all hesitation and pretentiousness to save the crew from shipwreck. Their role is as important as the little but mighty hurricane lamp, whose flame must never die because it provides the quiet strength needed to safeguard life.

Solidarity

Each link in the chain connecting the anchor to the boat is bound in solidarity to the link that precedes and follows it. If the chain comes apart, the anchor becomes useless and can no longer do its job of keeping the ship docked and preventing it from drifting. All the elements that make up the ship’s rigging, from the ropes to the sails, and from the hold to the top of the main mast, work together to form a consistent, solid and coherent whole.

Commitment

To commit to a cause is a lot like getting on a ship, it implies that you are willing to set sail or moor. A crew that shares the same philosophy and vision is willing to get their feet wet and take risks, so that everyone wants to pull their weight for the same cause.