Stacey Hospice Heroes

Judge Michael L. Stacey Trust Hospice Heroes

The Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network expresses its profound gratitude to Judge Michael L. Stacey (z’l) for naming the agency as a beneficiary of his Trust. In 2016, the Judge Michael L. Stacey Trust provided funding to several agencies throughout the community, with hospice caregiving among those causes he cared for deeply.

In honor of Judge Stacey’s commitment to those who care for those with life-limiting or terminal illness, JHCN has established a recognition program honoring compassionate caregivers who serve those facing the end of life in the Jewish community. Beginning in 2017, JHCN selects a caregiver each month to be recognized for their dedication, commitment and advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. The Judge Michael L. Stacey Trust enables JHCN to continue its mission ensuring no Jew is ever alone at the end of life.

January 2017 – Kathleen Olsen

“It is a privilege and honor to be a presence for individuals and families embracing, grappling, fearing, fighting, succumbing, accepting the suffering which accompanies failing bodies and/or a life ending on this earth. I can’t imagine doing anything more worthwhile with my education and background. This is the best possible way to care.”

February 2017 – Sharon Perry

“I am a woman of faith who at the age of 18 learned that health care was a calling in my life. I love what I do. I approach every case as if they were a close family member. It makes me stay humble and give 100% of myself. To God be the glory.”

March 2017 – Kim McKenzie

“Symptoms are multiple, emotions are raw and despite all the challenges in hospice work, there is a peace that settles into our souls knowing you helped provide compassionate care for a fellow sojourner. That keeps us motivated to this daily work. Either that, or maybe just a touch of crazy. It is a thin line!”

April 2017 – Dauwan Yharbrough

“I love what I do. My passion for this work comes from within. It’s instilled in my mind but mainly my heart. It makes a big difference if I can change a frown to a smile by being someone’s companion. I just love walking into someone’s home changing the atmosphere to happiness.”

May 2017 – Donna Pomaville

“Nurse practitioners in community-based palliative care bring the best of nursing and the best of medicine to the homes of people struggling with advanced illness. Helping people move from physical distress and confusion to increased comfort and confidence is the most rewarding part of this work. I am so grateful serve with dedicated palliative and hospice coworkers and our partners at the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network in this vital endeavor. One day, I believe our partnership will become a national standard of excellence for people of all faiths and backgrounds to receive the best end of life care possible.”

June 2017 – Chuck Kelly

“When we or our loved ones need this care, everything seems scary and overwhelming. Helping patients and families take the next steps for a loved one medically, physically, emotionally and spiritually is why I love what I do.”

July 2017 – Lauren Cousineau

“I love that God can use me through this sacred work as a conduit for comfort, peace, healing, and joy, as patients and their families deal with a myriad of life and end of life issues. I love that often they discover the wonderful meaning and purpose their lives have had and it is an honor to be a witness to that discovery. I love that this work continues to challenge and change me.”

August 2017 – Paul Nguyen

“I Love This Work. Visiting patients is the privilege and honor given to me because by these unique patients, their life histories and experiences were shared. They taught me everyday how to live, love and learn. In addition, nevertheless, I visit patients, deep down inside, I believe, they are images of the Infinite One, manifesting as these. In other words I do not serve patients but God’s manifestations living among man.”

 

September 2017 – Holly Wood

“Hospice is an incredibly rewarding career choice. As a nurse, we are trained to do everything in our power to sustain and maintain life. Hospice work is the complete opposite. A hospice nurse is so much more than “just a nurse”. We walk our patient’s home at the end of their days. We are a shoulder for families to cry on, an ear to listen to venting, a heart to feel empathy for patient’s and families during the most difficult times. As hospice nurses, we walk into a patient’s life for the first time, knowing that we cannot fix them, with the advance knowledge that we will be saying goodbye to them sooner rather than later. We feel the loss of our patient’s along with the families we serve; but they do not get to see our hidden tears we cry for their loved one. We can only attempt to show them our dedication and compassion to their loved one through our actions and support we provide them. Hospice is an incredibly challenging career; but one of the most rewarding I could imagine. This is why I love what I do every day. It is a privilege to be a hospice nurse.”

October 2017 – Tina Schoenherr

“I get to do God’s work everyday. – I am humbled at being with patients and their families in one of their most intimate of times. Besides being a wife and mother I am proudest of being a hospice nurse.”

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