Sharing hospice’s journey leaves social club members with food for thought

IN GOOD COMPANY: The owners of Café la Plume coffee shop, in Glenanda, Tracy-Lee Vernice Manning (left) and Vernice Cockerill (right) with Stepping Stone Hospice CEO Tersia Burger.

TEARS flowed freely as Stepping Stone Hospice CEO Tersia Burger addressed the women of Café la Plume’s Wednesday Social Club, in Glenanda, on May 17.

Tersia spoke about what she’s learnt about loss and grief since her daughter,Vicky, died in 2013. Vicky was the inspiration behind Stepping Stone Hospice.

“At the beginning it feels like a tsunami, with wave after wave of utter despair hitting you,” said Tersia, adding that “over time the waters begin to calm a little and then, right out of the blue, something triggers a memory and a giant wave appears out of nowhere and hits you again.”

She went on to tell guests the story of Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services – how the organisation that started in a room in her house has grown and evolved into what it is today. She also highlighted the many needs the hospice has, as well as the initiatives that have been planned this year to raise funds, including a new charity shop, set to open its doors in the Alberton Mall on June 1 (across from Springbok Pharmacy).

“We need secondhand goods to stock our shop,” she said, “so please consider us when you next clear out your cupboards or garage. We welcome all sorts, from books and clothes to furniture, appliances and more.”

If you’d like to know more about Stepping Stone Hospice or would like to have Tersia address a community group or organisation, email

“The more people we can reach, the more awareness we can grow about hospice and the world of palliative care,” says Tersia.

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