By Richard Starnes

Photographer Alan Mirabelli had a remarkably pragmatic reaction when he was told he was dying of cancer.

“The shock lasted a matter of seconds.,” he says.

“Then it switching to quiet acceptance and how I would deal with it, I live alone so how will I get support as and when I need it? How will those I know well across the country support me and deal with their grief when they cannot be here.”

Alan Mirabelli (photo by Carol Coutu)

Find out where he turned to, the people who are helping, at his side when he needs them through the auspices of Hub Hospice palliative care.

What does he think of the  hospice without walls?

“It’s an approach that immediately avoids the rigidities institutions must impose over who gets help and who does not,” he told me. “Talk about relief to tell someone I don’t know how long I had got. And how ironic that person was someone I was mentoring myself in photography.”

The help offered by these dedicated volunteers “is support from people who are experts and understand consequences before they happen. They are qualitative, well trained people.“

Mirabelli wants to celebrate their wisdom, commitment and passion. His story is uplifting and informative. Listen to his experience next Wednesday between 1:30 and 3pm in the Octagon Room at the Old Fairview Manor. You will not be disappointed.