The Lighthouse Children and Families

  • La Maison André Gratton is a haven where seriously ill children find comfort.

    Photo: The Lighthouse, Children and Families

  • At the Lighthouse, art, music and play flow thorough the building, brightening the days of the children staying there.

    Photo: Mikael Theimer

  • Every moment at the Lighthouse is a celebration of life.

    Photo: Mikael Theimer

  • Volunteers entertain and divert the children, but also help the treatment team for non-medical care.

    Photo: Mikael Theimer

  • Every day, children at the Lighthouse can escape the medical setting, even if just for a few moments, and take part in fun, creative activities.

    Photo: The Lighthouse, Children and Families

  • At Maison André Gratton, our specialized medical team provides children with the complex care that they require.

    Photo: Mikael Theimer

BY THE NUMBERS

Support for over 300 families across Québec

50 new admissions and over 800 stays per year

50% of the children at the Lighthouse are under 2 years old

Helping Sick Children enjoy Life… Right Until the End

Operating the first pediatric palliative care home in Québec, the Lighthouse, Children and Families offers personalized care and services for children with terminal illnesses and their families.

Located in Montréal’s Rosemont-Angus neighbourhood, the Lighthouse provides support for over 300 families across Québec. Whether in terms of respite stays, symptom management and end-of-life care for children, or grief counselling for parents, brothers and sisters, the team at the Lighthouse delivers the care and services needed by families facing the loss of a child.

Every moment at the Lighthouse is a celebration of life, and no effort is spared in ensuring that the children it helps thoroughly enjoy every second of theirs… right until the end.

A unique centre of expertise in Québec

With more than a decade’s worth of experience in developing best practices in community-based pediatric palliative care, the Lighthouse team provides a wide range of activities and educational resources for parents, volunteers, healthcare students and professionals, as well as collaborates in various research projects. 

The Lighthouse, Children and Families was founded by Michèle Viau-Chagnon and the late Nicole Marcil-Gratton in 1999. When it was created, the Lighthouse oversaw a network of volunteers who provided in-home assistance for the families of seriously ill children. In 2007, a number of generous donors, including Power Corporation, enabled the building of the Lighthouse’s Maison André-Gratton, still today one of the very few pediatric palliative care homes to exist in the French-speaking world.

The Maison André-Gratton was named in memory of a young boy who died of leukemia in 1954 at the age of three. He was the brother of Robert Gratton, Honorary Deputy Chairman of Power Corporation.

Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation, chaired the first fundraising campaign for the construction of the Maison André-Gratton. “The Lighthouse provides support and solace to families experiencing extremely difficult times,” says Mr. Desmarais. “It is thanks to the work and vision of countless volunteers that such a vital service is made available to families in Québec.”

“Through their steadfast support since its inception, Power Corporation and its subsidiaries, Investors Group, Great-West Life, Canada Life and London Life, as well as members of the Desmarais family, have counted among the pillars of the Lighthouse, Children and Families” says Stéphanie Barker, Assistant Director General.

The Lighthouse provides support and solace to families experiencing extremely difficult times. It is thanks to the work and vision of countless volunteers that such a vital service is made available to families in Québec.
Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr.
Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Power Corporation

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