Hospice staff helps ailing veteran fulfill last wish
One of Vietnam Army veteran Joseph Beaupre's last wishes is to not burden his son with funeral expenses, but he needed a nice suit to wear for the occasion.
Beaupre, 73, is a hospice patient with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Portland, and lives at Regency Gresham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Gresham. Regency provides its hospice services wherever patients live.
To help with Beaupre's last wish, staff from the hospice service contacted Jos. A. Bank, a men's clothing store in Portland, and employees from the store agreed to fit the suit at his residence on Friday, May 4.
"The suit, actually, it feels comfortable," Beaupre said. "I was going to wear it to the funeral, but I might wear it to a better occasion."
Andrea Zimmerman, RN case manager for Seasons Hospice, said that Beaupre expressed a wish to not burden his son with funeral expenses. So they reached out to Jos. A Bank, which agreed to do the fitting free of charge and provide the suit at a discount.
Seasons Hospice Foundation, the charitable arm of the hospice service, plans to purchase the suit for Beaupre.
His son Tracey Beaupre attended the fitting celebration. His father was placed on hospice care six months ago because of end stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
"I'm just shocked by the people who put this on," Tracey Beaupre said. "We really appreciate it."
During the celebration, Dominic Tapia, a volunteer who visits with Beaupre on a weekly basis, presented him with a pin to thank him for his military service.