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Letters of Love

We receive many letters from the families of our hospice patients. They speak eloquently about what hospice care has meant to them. We would like to share some of them with you.

From Friends and Families

"...A month ago today, my husband was admitted to your wonderful facility. Although he was only there for a short time, the love and care he received and the support and love, my family and I received was extraordinary. I want to thank you for everything...."

"...Words can never express how much you helped Mom and me during her last two months. Heather, Sandy, Deb and Diana - thank you so much. You helped me do things I didn't think I could handle..."

"...I want to thank Charlotte and the others who helped make my husband's passing such a victorious, triumphant time of release from all the physical problems he endured..."

"...We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who helped my friend. Their thoughtfulness and consideration meant a lot. Hospice is a wonderful program that we have always felt was outstanding. Thank you for being there..."

"...I want to thank you personally for all of the kindness you showed during my mom's illness. Tina and Danae were angels of mercy during a very trying time. I know that both of them spent considerable time with the family and especially with mom. I miss my mother greatly, but the memories of those last days will always include the actions of two beautiful people, Tina and Danae, and the comfort they provided..."

"...Special thanks to you all, but especially to the nurses, aides and social worker who helped my sister-in-law during her final battle with cancer. My brother was especially grateful for your professional assistance and timely counsel. I have been a hospice volunteer at our local hospital and have seen first hand the loving care and dedication you people have for the patient and family of those stricken with a terminal illness..."









"...You do a great job, not only for the patients, but also for their families..."

"...Thank you so very much for being there each time we needed you. You people are GREAT! Whenever my husband needed something, whether it was medicine or a lift chair, it was there almost immediately. Keep up the good work..."

"...We want to thank you for taking such wonderful care of, not only our niece, but all the patients at the Hospice House in Venice. The nurses and all the others were so helpful with all the questions we asked. The nurses Joellen and Esther are the most loving people I have ever met..."

"...I had heard of hospice and knew that the organization did works of mercy but I did not have a clue as to the extent and professionalism of the organization. I would like to thank Jim, Rosemary, Marie and the staff for their tremendous assistance during the final days of our mother's life. We are a large family with little prior experience in tending to details and handling the grief in such matters as death. The guidance and compassion provided by your dedicated staff was of great comfort to all of us..."

"...Please keep up the wonderful work you do because, yes, it really does make a difference in people's lives..."

"...It was difficult to watch our father pass away but the process was made less frightening for us by the support and knowledge of your staff. Simply, they prepared us for the inevitable..."

From Patients

"The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet tucked neatly under the four corners of a mattress, located in a hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying. (Actually, I hope it will not be in a hospital...but found elsewhere). At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that for all intents and purposes my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine and don't call this my deathbed. Let it be called the bed of life and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives...

Give my sight to the man who has never seen the sunrise, a baby's face or love in the eyes of a woman...bringing in a trout with a dry fly on a Colorado stream. Give my heart to the person who has nothing but endless days of pain. Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his care so that he may live to see his grandchildren play. Give my kidneys to a person who depends upon a machine to exist from week to week. Take my bones, every muscle fiber, every nerve and try to find a way to make a crippled child walk. Explore every corner of my brain, take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that some day a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat or a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against the window.

Burn the rest and scatter the ashes to the wind to help the flowers grow.

If you must bury something, bury my faults, my weaknesses and my prejudices against my fellow man. Give my sins to the devil, give my soul to God.

If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I WILL LIVE FOREVER!!!"

Rand Boulevard, Sarasota


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