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Hospice Testimonial/We Honor Veteran/Bereavement Volunteer Recruitment

Posted on October 12, 2022 in Caregiving, Home Care, Hospice

William was on service just short of a month. His family touched our lives in so many ways; and the Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice – Greater Akron office touched William, his wife and their family. The family connected with the admission team, nurses, home health aides, social worker, spiritual care counselors and our We Honor Veteran volunteer from the very start of his admission into hospice.  


He was admitted on January 16, 2022 and passed on February 13, 2022 with his family at bedside. Our hospice team coordinated a We Honor Pinning with his wife, Mary Lou and daughter, Dawn for William. His family cancelled the first scheduled We Honor Pinning date.  However, as the patient started to decline rapidly; his beloved spouse, Mary Lou and daughter, Dawn called to reschedule the pinning.  Ed Sauer, We Honor Veteran Hospice Volunteer was on “stand by” and we completed the WHV Pinning.  William was pinned with family at his bedside.  You can see in the picture, his wife, Mary Lou and Ed.  It was a beautiful and touching day for all.


Months later; it was time for Ed’s Supervisory visit, and I was able to meet Mary Lou finally at their sweet home.  I was greeted by Mary Lou with a smile on her face on her front porch.  It was like stepping back in time where friends gather on the front porch to talk about the weather, news, neighborhood, happy and faithful times but, today it was sharing in the grief in loss of her husband, William. Her daughter, Dawn, and her husband who also joined Ed and I on the front porch.  Soon, Mary Lou brought me into their home to show me William’s table where she had a beautiful display of his military items & a wall of military honor. She shared a beautiful testimonial of what hospice meant to her and her family. It was so touching that I asked if I could record her again and she stated, yes, of course.