There is no way to describe grief in a simple sentence that would be easy enough for a seven-year-old to understand, and there is no way to put it that would give someone an understanding of what it feels like, and there is no way to prepare for it.
In November 2020, the Conn family lost their three-month-old son, Austin, to terminal illness. In this honest and courageous piece, Austin’s mom, Karlie, shares her perspective as a way to bring some light and comfort to other families who may also be facing the painful experience of losing a child.
When Bob Stosser was asked whether he was open to having a piece written in memory of his wife, Ann, who died last summer, he said, “It depends.”
Mike Jasinski and Sandra Ahrstrom describe their sister Judee Thomas as an “Angel on Earth.” She was a giving, lovable, and devoted woman of faith. After experiencing a miscarriage, and then losing her beloved husband, Fred, in a car accident when she was only twenty-four, Judee never remarried or had children.
On July 16, 2019, Tyler Cummings, died in the Center for Comfort Care & Healing from a rare degenerative disease at age 17. To help cope with her older brother’s loss, Casey Cummings, began writing about Tyler, her hero and best friend. Here, Casey shares four vignettes and explains how journaling helped her begin to work through her grief.
The film Grace + Gratitude documents the end-of-life journey of Sarah Livesey, who died at age 46 in the Center for Comfort Care & Healing. Two years after her death, Sarah’s light, boundless love, and beautiful way of being are still very much alive.
Pat Martinsen loved life—and colorful zinnias, a flower that symbolizes endurance, friendship and remembrance. Her beloved husband, Bob, remembers her here.
Recently, we lost a patient who had been on our services for almost a full year. Michele had been back and forth, living in the community and in our Center for Comfort Care & Healing during her eleven months with us.
Rachel DeGregoria shares her dad's story of his final weeks of life, which were spent at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing.