Words of Note...

The care and support bestowed upon hospice patients and their families is deep and lasting. It helps to make the intolerable, tolerable, and it helps brings meaning to such a vulnerable, yet precious time. It can be hard to define, but it is rarely forgotten.     
On a tour of his boyhood in Danbury, Ed Siergiej look out the window of an ambulance at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where he, his parents and brother were parishioners.

“…… on behalf of our family, we wish to extend our appreciation and thanks. There aren’t really enough words to describe how we felt knowing you were visiting and watching over [our father]. 

The feedback we received from him was the best we have ever heard him say. It was an honor to have you working with us…

Thank you sincerely for your thoughtful kindness at a time when it was deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged.

Dear Hospice Team,

After making our way through the holiday season, we have come up for air. With that, we wanted to say “thank you” for everything your team did for our parents. 

The relationship our parents developed with each one of you was so positive. Your care and support allowed them to be together to the end, in their home, as they wished. We are forever thankful for your commitment to them and their wishes…

There are no words to express my thanks to you for all the wonderful care you gave to my dad. I am so glad you got to know him …

I want to sincerely thank you for all your support given to me in this difficult time in my life, the loss of mom. I’m doing the best I can, everyone has been great. I appreciate the care given to my mom until the very end. With deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of you… 

Hospice is for Living  

This essay, Hospice is for Living, was written in November 2019 by Keri Linardi, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth Chief Clinical Officer (and a longtime hospice nurse). Its sentiments ring true today.  

How does one express such gratitude to a group of caregivers who went beyond expectations in the gentle care of our mom. I don’t think we would have been able to cope .. except for your deep emotional support. On behalf of our entire family, we send you our love and, again, our warmest thanks. 

[We] would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the entire RVNAhealth hospice team for your extraordinary efforts to ensure our father’s peaceful passage. Your support was simply invaluable at such a desperate time, and we can’t thank you enough. 

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