||May 10th, 2007|
Dear Lyle and Evelyn:
I've kept the April 12th issue of
The Paper on my desk hoping
for an opportune moment to
acknowledge your excellent
coverage under the headline"Hospice, a Celebration of
Perhaps the article captured my
attention because of an experience
a few years ago when I was
asked to volunteer in the hospice
care of a close friend.
During the few months my
friend was under hospice care I
was honored to sit at his bedside.
We talked and openly
shared about his life, his current
condition, and the assurance we
shared that his forthcoming
passing would merely be a
threshold to eternal life where
there would be no more pain or
I'm not sure why, but my friend
usually had CNN playing in the
background. When the conversation
lapsed, or my friend
needed a few moments to quietly
rest, I thought maybe the
daily CNN soundtrack was his reminder that he would soon
leave the earthly saga of suffering
and conflict behind.
The Paper's hospice article
brought those warm bedside
visits with my now departed
friend to mind. Though I miss
him, I am thankful for those
times we spent together in hospice.
Because of the hospice experience
those things that often
seem so important, and demand
so much time and attention, fall
into a larger perspective.
Thanks for the reminder, and
thanks for exposing your readership
to the hospice alternative.
Carl J. Fielstra
Director, Green Oak Ranch
More on the Hospice Issue
Hi Eric, (Wormser, of The Paper
staff - editor)
Please tell Lyle that the issue
was wonderful! Thanks to you
and Lyle for helping us spread
the word about Hospice Care.
Manager of Communications& Public Relations
San Diego Hospice & Palliative
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