Pure Land of Amitabha
Buddha Hospice

Pure Land Home Hospice

Please note, we are currently in our ‘Pilot Phase’, but stay posted!
We will be fully operational in 2024.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and respect the Aboriginal peoples of South Australia as the first peoples and nations of South Australia.

We recognise them as the traditional owners and occupants of land and waters in South Australia and that their spiritual, social, cultural and economic practices come from their traditional lands and waters.

We recognise that they maintain their cultural and heritage beliefs, languages and laws, which are of ongoing importance.

Pure Land Home Hospice:
Compassion in Practice

Services We Offer

The nurses and volunteers of Pure Land Home Hospice support people and their families with life-limiting conditions, and at the end of life.

They can assist you, free of charge, in living out your life in the way you wish and remaining at home in comfort, knowing you will have 24/7 support available at the end of the phone.

Whether it’s a private residence, a nursing facility, or under a bridge, we’re here to provide support, recognising that “home” can mean different things to different people.

The care we offer is tailored to each client’s needs:

• Generalist palliative nursing

• Companionship

• Spiritual Support

• Bereavement support

Who is Pure Land Home Hospice?

A community based organisation that provides professional and compassionate in-home palliative care in Adelaide.

Welcome to Pure Land Home Hospice, a unique South Australian service underpinned by Buddhist values, delivered to people in the comfort of their own homes. Our organisation received the full name Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha Hospice by our revered Spiritual leader, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, during our visit to Nepal in 2019. This name was graciously bestowed upon us with his blessings.
Sadly on April 13 2023, Rinpoche passed away but his legacy lives on through Pure Land Home Hospice and his many centres and devoted students around the world. Our devoted volunteers undergo extensive training and practice in the Buddhist teachings of loving-kindness and compassion. We are dedicated to provide unwavering support to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses, alongside their families and caregivers. Pure Land Home Hospice is committed to delivering holistic home care, covering nursing, companionship and spiritual care, irrespective of religious beliefs or non-belief.

Currently, the pilot service is available within a 10 km radius of the Magill area as we refine our systems and services. As Pure Land Home Hospice becomes fully operational and funding increases, our services will expand to cover broader regions, ultimately reaching all metropolitan and regional areas of South Australia. Pure Land Home Hospice offers a comprehensive array of services, encompassing clinical support, emotional assistance, and spiritual guidance, starting from the moment of diagnosis, which could be years or months preceding a person’s death. This gives individuals the precious opportunity to plan and prepare for their death in the comfort of their own homes, amongst friends and family. Often, having this time can lead to greater acceptance and diminish the fear associated with death and dying. While this service is unique to South Australia, our two sister hospices in Queensland, Cittamani and Karuna, have embodied these principles for three decades, supporting numerous individuals who have opted for this home-based assistance.

Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha Hospice is a member of FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition). FPMT is a respected and established global organisation, with numerous hospice services worldwide. Our esteemed spiritual leader, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has been instrumental in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Under this guidance, we strive to provide compassionate and holistic palliative care, grounded in the timeless wisdom of Buddhism, to support individuals and their loved ones during life’s most challenging moments.

Nurturing Holistic End-of-Life Care: The Journey of Pure Land Home Hospice

Jan McGregor and India Wallace are the founders of Pure Land Home Hospice. They began their journey in 2017 with a shared dream: to create a Buddhist-centric home hospice service to support people and their families who seek to spend their final moments in the familiarity of their own homes. Home might be a house, a nursing facility, under a bridge or in a park. Inspired by a visit to their sister hospices in Queensland, Karuna and Cittamani, they were deeply moved by the transformative effects of holistic end-of-life care. They gained valuable insights that fuelled their mission. During a visit to Nepal in 2019, their vision received a blessing from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, their esteemed spiritual leader, who named the service “Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha Hospice”. In August 2022, the initiative gained momentum when ten generous and equally dedicated supporters became ‘Foundation Friends,’ contributing the initial financial support to launch the charity.

A carefully selected board of compassionate and skilled individuals guides the charity, which has garnered the backing of a community comprising over 100 friends and volunteers united by a shared dedication to holistic palliative care. Two vital teams were established: the Volunteer Coordinating Team and the Volunteer Training Team. These teams are instrumental in the pilot phase, which actively and holistically supports individuals and their families in Adelaide. The initial feedback and benefits have been extremely encouraging. The pilot phase is crucial in identifying potential areas for improvement and enhancement in our service. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers and pilot participants for allowing us to accompany them on their journeys. Meaningful partnerships have been forged, and these alliances not only bolster our financial resources but also foster a shared sense of purpose for Pure Land Home Hospice. We are immensely grateful for their support. We express our deepest gratitude to our spiritual teacher and advisor, Gen Thubten Dondrub from Buddha House, a cherished supporter who is always ready to provide guidance and spiritual governance.

We are also profoundly thankful to Venerable Tenzin Chodron for developing our spiritual training programs for volunteers. Her profound knowledge and compassion are held in the highest regard by all who attend our retreats. As Co-Director and Clinical Executive Officer, Jan McGregor, alongside Gabe Edwards, our registered nurse, guarantees the highest standards of care. India Wallace, serving as Co-Director and Spiritual Executive Officer, ensures the spiritual well-being of both volunteers and pilot participants. The journey of Pure Land Home Hospice continues to evolve, guided by a holistic and spiritual philosophy towards end-of-life care. We are committed to nurturing a compassionate community in South Australia that encapsulates the core values of Pure Land Home Hospice—providing peace and solace to support each individual and their family in navigating life and death in a manner personally meaningful to them. Their path, their journey, always.

How people die remains in the memory of those who live on.

Our Mission: Enriching Lives through Compassionate Care

Our mission is to uplift and empower individuals, nurturing and encouraging them to live the remainder of their lives in their own homes with loved ones for as long as possible.

Guided by the principles of compassion and empathy, we extend nursing care, offer companionship, and help cultivate spiritual care when desired.

Dedicated to inclusivity, our service is offered free of charge, aimed at broadening the spectrum of choice and accessibility for end-of-life care.

With deep respect for personal autonomy, our care is tailored to honour individual preferences.

The heart of our service offers professionalism, patience, and compassion, demonstrated with excellence and kindness from our dedicated staff and volunteers.

Empowering Lives: Contribute to Pure Land Home Hospice

Our pilot phase has been facilitated by generous contributions.

Your donation has a significant impact, and will be instrumental in providing comfort, dignity, and support for individuals and their families during this sensitive time.

Your thoughtful contributions empower us to provide essential resources, education, and support to those nearing the end of their lives, extending to their families and caregivers and assisting them in navigating the unique aspects of home-based care.

Your support enables us to offer a wide range of services from our nurses and volunteer companions, including pain management, symptom control, emotional support, and spiritual care.

Together, we craft a holistic care plan that addresses each individual, providing comfort, dignity, and meaning throughout their journey.

By contributing to Pure Land Home Hospice, you are significantly impacting the lives of individuals and families who are confronting end-of-life challenges.

All donations to Pure Land Home Hospice are fully tax-deductible.

We are profoundly thankful for your generosity. Together, we can transform lives.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to honour and support those at life’s end, a journey we will all embark on someday.

Pure Land Home Hospice:

Position on Voluntary Assisted Dying

Pure Land Home Hospice acknowledges the broad range of opinions on this issue within the Australian community, reflecting our diversity of cultures and belief systems.

We recognise that some people may elect to request voluntary assisted dying at the end of life.

At Pure Land Home Hospice, we focus on supporting people who are dying and their families to achieve their goals and wishes as best we can, and we will continue to provide our service regardless of the choices people make regarding voluntary assisted dying.

However, Pure Land Home Hospice staff will not be actively involved or facilitate voluntary assisted dying, nor will they be present during the administration of medication that is intended to end a life.

The reasons for this are as follows:

  1. Voluntary assisted dying is not in accordance with the underlying Buddhist values of our organisation, which include respecting the sanctity, value and dignity of all life.
  2. Our belief, like that of Palliative Care Australia, is that the practice of palliative care does not include voluntary assisted dying.

In our practice, we do not intend to either hasten or postpone death.

The main goals of our care are symptom relief, minimising suffering, respecting choices, and improving the dying person’s quality of life.

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What Is Palliative Care?

Home hospice care provides general and sometimes specialised healthcare to individuals nearing the end of their lives who prefer to receive care in the comfort of their own homes.

Clinical Services

We are currently in the pilot program phase, working diligently to understand better the needs of the community we serve.

Uniting in Spirituality

At Pure Land Home Hospice, we understand that spirituality is a deeply individual experience. Our goal is to honour and support your unique spiritual journey, recognising the universal and unifying aspects of spirituality.

What is Buddhism?

Buddhist practices encompass a beautiful tapestry of spiritual traditions and rituals that stem from the teachings of the Buddha 2,500 years ago. At the heart of these practices lies meditation, which serves as a doorway to inner peace and mindfulness.

What Does Home Hospice Mean?

Home hospice provides holistic support to individuals with a life-limiting condition and their families who prefer to receive care in the comfort of their own homes.

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