Our Stories: Where language forms no barrier

Antar Pinto

As he labored in a Hood River Valley cherry orchard, Antar Pinto knew there was someplace else he needed to be. That was at home, with his 84-year-old grandmother, who was losing her long struggle with congestive heart failure.

Antar took a leave of absence to help care for his beloved abuela, Herlinda Vega, in the small Mosier house he shared with his mother. Others, too, were easing the way.

The immigrant family had been amazed to learn about hospice – a concept foreign to their Mexican culture. But the Hispanic outreach program of Providence Hospice of the Gorge had led them to understand, and to trust, that palliative care providers could come into the home and help them take good care of their own.

During the weeks before she died in December 2011, Antar’s grandmother and family received great comfort and compassionate care from the hospice team.

“My grandmother – she was a very good person,” Antar says. “She loved her family very much; she believed that everybody should be together. Knowing it was getting close to the end, she just wanted to be close to her family, and we wanted to be close to her. Providence Hospice of the Gorge helped us a lot.”