Palliative care is bittersweet, we are grateful to have it, but accepting this requires us to face the frail nature of life. Palliative care extends beyond removing pain and creating comfort, it’s about making sure the patient doesn’t count days, or forget their lives matter, for young and old.

Ella Stratton is the Director of HAS Foundation, an organisation setup to help families with children with life limiting conditions. Ella began this foundation after her son Hunter Alfred Stratton, passed away. Since losing her child, Ella has found the strength to tell others of her journey so they can learn from her experience, and she is also working to serve and nurture others by creating care packages through her foundation.

In today’s episode of Be The Drop, Ella shares her emotional and moving story of her family’s palliative care experience. Ella explains how Hunter and the strength he showed in life, motivates her to create programs and services to help others who also find themselves in this heartbreaking situation.


This episode talks openly about death which some listeners may find upsetting. If you or someone close to you needs support navigating palliative care, contact the HAS Foundation or visit Paediatric Palliative Care for an Australia wide list of support services.


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