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
"...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
"...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..."
"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!!!"
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