Tell me a story

Once upon a time there was a man who got up every day and went to work. He had different jobs for various seasons during the year. He had a family of five children and a wife who worked day and night to make sure that money from here and money from there put food on the table and shoes on fourteen feet. The man was strong and full of adventure. The woman was small and determined. The man and the woman loved each other and got through the hard times somehow. The man and the woman were married for 56 years before she died. At 85 years of age and missing her for ten years, the man was now facing his last days on the land that was his, in the house that was theirs. One of the privileges of working with High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care is being able to hear the stories of our patients lives. Nurses while changing dressings and repositioning patients in their beds listen while memories of a loved one spill out. Social workers in the midst of making sure that final arrangements are being made, hear about the adventure of the last hunting excursion or the pride of getting that great job. Volunteers who spell caregivers hear a whispered Ive never told anyone about this before but That but is just as important to hear as it is to tell. The volunteers listen very carefully. I havent a clue as to how my story will end. But thats all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you dont conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars? The care of the body is one part of hospice care. The care of the soul and the spirit are just as vital. Once upon a time is your story. Referrals for hospice care are given by physicians, nurses, friends, neighbors, the patient or family members. Call 1-324-1686 to learn more or visit our web site at www.highpeakshospice.com Jan Demers is the executive director at High Peaks Hospice and can be reached at jandemers@highpeakshospice.com

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