Ridge Meadows Hospital has pay parking. (THE NEWS/files)

Letter: ‘I had to limit hospice visits because of parking fees’

‘Losing a loved one is a difficult time enough’

Editor, The News:

Recently, my wife had a 59-day stay in McKinney Creek Hospice at Ridge Meadows Hospital.

I found it very stressful with regards to the parking.

Wanting to spend as much time as I possibly could with my wife, I found it very costly to pay for parking.

I am a handicapped senior who has difficulty walking and use a cane.

Parking on the streets close to the hospital, then walking any distance, let alone trying to cross busy Laity Street, was not an option for me.

So for safety reasons, I needed to park in the lot adjacent to McKinney Creek.

Over the 59 days, I paid out over $200 in parking fees. Plus, I had to limit my stays due to these fees.

This, again, was stressful enough just dealing with a loved one dying, let alone worrying about watching the clock to check if my paid parking was still valid.

Could there not be parking passes issued to spouses for free parking or at least reduced rates?

This is a difficult time, losing a loved one, so parking fees should not be another stress or concern.

Walter Berryman

Pitt Meadows

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