HE HOSPICE TEAM AT CHRISTUS
St. Joseph’s Health System is trained not only to work closely
with patients and their
to follow up with families for one year following a patient’s
death. Recently, we had a particularly touching case which, for
the second time,
took us to the same home where the patient’s daughter had
received hospice services just two years ago.
About a month following
the death of the patient, we read in the local newspaper that
the family’s home had burned to
the ground. We discussed this at our next department meeting
gathered nearly $100 to assist the family. By the next week,
we had collected another $100. Some of our team went to the
home after our second staff meeting and discovered a family member
in the back yard sorting through charred remains.
At first, the
family member was not too receptive to our presence. He looked
downtrodden and lonely, seemingly without a friend in
the world. We explained the purpose of our visit and expressed
for his well-being. He was overwhelmed since he had received
little help from anyone besides members of his church. He was
of other community services that could provide immediate shelter
personal care needs until we shared this information with him.
Then we presented him with the money our department had collected.
gratitude, he broke down and cried.
I realized that it wasn’t so
much due to the money that he received but the hope he found
in recognizing that others cared about his
plight and were willing to help without being asked. Truly, the
healing ministry of Jesus Christ will continue in this place,
thanks to the
compassion learned from the Sisters who have been the cornerstone
of our mission—a mission today shared by each CHRISTUS
St. Joseph’s Associate.
hospice volunteer coordinator
CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Home Health & Hospice