Memorial donations are a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy and make a difference in honour of someone who has touched your life.
Cheques should be made out to UHKF or University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. The area you wish to support can be included in the memo line along with the name of the deceased/honouree. Gifts made in memory of your loved one can be designated to any of our programs. Some of our most common designations are:
- Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario
- Cancer Patient Support Fund
- Cardiology or Cardiac Rehab
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Chronic Pain
- Kidney Dialysis
- Palliative Care
Memorial donations can be directed to any of Kingston’s hospitals and to any specific program. If the gifts we receive for an individual total $2,000 or more, the family will be invited to add their loved ones name to a Memorial Wall. These gifts can come from many sources including funeral homes, on line, mail or phone gifts. As long as the donor indicates that it is in memory of that individual, it will be added to their memorial gift total. There is no time limit on making these gifts; some individuals reach the total in a very short time while others accumulate over several months or even years.
An acknowledgement is sent to family members when we receive memorial gifts for all gifts except those that are made at a funeral home as we expect that they have received notification of those already. We can send a complete list of donors, with their address but not gift amounts, to families if they request it. Every spring we send a letter to all families of individuals for whom we have received gifts totaling $2,000 or more, inviting them to add their loved ones name to a memorial wall at one or all of the Kingston hospitals. Once the walls have been updated, usually in the fall, we invite the families to come and see the Memorial Walls and to participate in a brief dedication event at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s KGH or Hotel Dieu Hospital site or Providence Care Hospital.
We will work with any funeral home to help in paying tribute to your loved ones. Some funeral homes in the Kingston and surrounding region who we commonly work with are: