We recently had to “put down” a pet, a very loving and loyal dog who was almost 15 years old that had been a part of our family for 13 years. This dog, Beau, had been with Chris and me from almost the beginning of our relationship. Before we were even engaged, we adopted and cared for Beau together. There was so much gray in deciding how to care for him in the last year of his life and much angst in deciding when the end needed to be since he couldn’t tell us how he was feeling. However, once we made the decision to say goodbye, the care he received was beautiful. They brought us a blanket to spread on the floor of the exam room in the vet’s office—one big enough for not only Beau but for Chris and me to cuddle up beside him. They brought Beau chocolate to have as his last treats (because why not!), and he enjoyed every bite. They explained each step before it happened so that we could be as prepared as possible, having the time we needed to say goodbye, so with tears flowing, words of comfort, cuddles and pets, we saw him over into dog heaven with the utmost dignity. This is also the care that every human deserves at their time of death and in the days, weeks, or months leading up to it—a time to say, “Enough is enough; I am ready to meet the God who made me,” and to have quality time with loved ones. This is the goal of hospice: that every person would have a team of support to make their last days on earth focused on the things that truly matter—the comfort of family and friends, the comfort of their own personal space, the comfort of body, and the comfort of soul. Please take a look at the following list of items you can donate and consider volunteering your time and gifts to the hospice of your choice. The perspective you gain will be well worth the investment.
As we look forward to our annual Inasmuch Day on March 7, we are excited to again partner with Open Arms Hospice and the McCall Hospice House for one of our projects. A team of volunteers will gather at the Hospice House on Inasmuch Day to assemble care bags for in-home and hospice house patients. To help prepare, we are collecting the following items (new or unused) through the month of February. Please place these items in the purple collection bins located throughout the church building. Thank you for your support!
• Body Wash (travel size)
• Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
• Skid-Proof Socks
• Lotion (travel size)
• Mouthwash (travel size)
• Crossword Puzzles/Word Search Games
• Small Notepads for Journaling
• Individually-Wrapped Hard Candy
• Individually-Wrapped Snacks: Crackers, • Cookies, Chips, Snack Cakes
• Fleece or Crocheted Blankets