The thought of dying makes us all scared and lonely. The moment of death can either be painful to let go or even peaceful for some. But, everyone has their final wishes that won’t be even heard of. It can be to visit a place that they had only dreamt of, or even eating a food that they had been craving so much.
This kind-hearted man is from the Netherlands and he has taken more than 14,000 terminally ill people on a final dream journey. Currently, Veldboer is working on a specially designed ambulance for the patients suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic.
The foundation, with a lot of care for the terminally ill patients, drives them to the locations they wish to say their final goodbye at. With the Netherlands having imposed an “intelligent lockdown”, firmly advising all the residents to work from home, shop essentials unaccompanied, and keep a distance of 1.5 meters (5ft) apart from each other, and also to wash hands frequently, the paramedics find it easier to get out and travel with terminally ill patients.
Many patients had requested to see tulip fields in bloom before they pass away.
The founder of Ambulance Wish Foundation told Mail Online:
“We fulfill wishes even now with the coronavirus. We are not in a complete lockdown so we are able to make those wishes come true. We can go to open spaces, to flower gardens, to an empty zoo, a park, a lot of people want to see the sea, it’s not forbidden. As long as we go to open places and there are not many people around, just one or two with the patient, we are fine.”
While most of the patients wish to gaze upon nature, one of them simply wanted to say a last goodbye to his beloved pet horse. Another asked to be taken on a trip to see his boat for the last time.
The idea initially came to Veldboer while he was transferring a patient between hospitals. Due to a delay they were undergoing, Veldboer asked the person if there was a place they would like to visit. The person said that they would like to go and see the Rotterdam Harbour one last time.
The following year, Kees established his foundation. With the help of his lovely wife, he has been making the last dreams of terminally ill patients come true ever since.
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