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Making dreams a reality

Dream A Little Dream is a special program designed to grant a wish to palliative patients and their loved ones during end of life care.

These small acts of kindness are intended to bring some light to what is usually a very sad time, creating beautiful memories for loved ones and bringing joy by making a patient's dream come true.

 

The dreams are small but meaningful experiences that can usually be offered in hospital and include experiences such as a pamper treatment, a shave and haircut, a visit from a beloved pet, a romantic dinner for two, a family dinner party, art therapy, dignity therapy, yoga and reiki.

A custom dream can be initiated by a special interest, an unfulfilled childhood dream, a passion for a particular hobby or anything the mind can imagine.

We work with the patients and their families to make a wish a reality.

To help patients’ dreams come true you can make an online donation – just select ‘St John of God Berwick Hospital – Dream a Little Dream’ as the project on the second page of our online donation form.

Leonie's dream

Leonie Hollingworth, a lifelong Melbourne Demons fan, was able to watch her beloved team play in the final game of the round and we arranged for club legend Russell Robertson to spend time with her at her bedside.

Gina's dream

Gina, a mum of two young girls, was receiving palliative care at our hospital. We organised a professional photoshoot, a wig for Gina to wear and professional makeup for Gina and her daughters. The beautiful photos were gifted to the family and printed onto polar fleece blankets for her daughters to snuggle and keep as a memory of their mother.

How to make a wish

The Dream a Little Dream program is offered to our palliative care patients through our pastoral practitioners and nurses who provide dreams from the Dream Menu or the opportunity to request a custom dream. We then set about making the wish a reality in the best way possible.

Support us to make dreams a reality

We are asking for donations and support from the community to help us make our patients' dreams a reality.

You can donate directly or complete the form below to offer a service or product (please note we may contact you at short notice given the nature of end of life care).

Find out more

St John of God Berwick Hospital

Phone: (03) 8784 5000

Email: Dreamteam.berwick@sjog.org.au

Address: 75 Kangan Drive , Berwick VIC 3806

Dream a Little Dream

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