As hospice professionals, we are often reminded that life is about living it to the fullest. A hospice patient is given a gift, a gift that many don’t receive. They are given the gift of knowing that their days are numbered. Each year, the Pruitt Health corporation participates in a challenge among its entities called the Committed to Caring. This year, Pruitt Health Hospice participated in the 2017 Committed to Caring Challenge in partnership with the Second Wind Dreams Organization. Each year, our staff looks forward to the Committed to Caring Challenge and being able to build new memories with our patients. Hospice is such a special journey and making that journey easier and more fulfilling is a great honor. Hospice touches the lives not only of our patients but touches the lives of our staff and offers us with great reward.
Dreams aren’t always something that must be filled while our patients are alive. However, for one patient, Mrs. Edna Edge, it was a dream that would take place after she passed away. Mrs. Edna wanted her husband to be able to say goodbye to her properly. The Edge family moved in to Magnolia Manor many years ago and was unable to have a formal funeral. A combined effort of the Magnolia Manor Staff along with Pruitt Health Hospice staff a memorial service was planned. The activities’ center was used as the memorial service site. The urn was prepared by Greg Hancock Funeral services. Beautiful flowers adorned the podium. The Magnolia Manor chaplains officiated the service while Jess Green, Assistant Administrator for Pruitt Health Hospice blessed the congregation in song by singing “How Great Thou Art.” The patient’s husband was presented with a memorial book by the Pruitt Health Hospice staff along with flowers to keep in his room. A small reception was held after the memorial service to allow residents to visit with Mr. Edge. The reception was hosted by staff and volunteers from Pruitt Health Hospice.