A Hospice Family's Story

By Dave and Pam Meyer

Right up until her final days, Grace, our beloved mother and mother-in-law, was an active 90-year old. She loved attending the events of her great grandchildren and she was still volunteering at her church, which was very important to her.

Grace didn't look 90. People often misjudged her age by about 20 years.

Grace had been diagnosed with autoimmune deficiency disease several years ago, but she had been able to go on with her active life until she was injured in a fall at home. She suffered an internal injury and the bleeding could not be stopped.

When we were told there was nothing more that could be done for Grace except to make her comfortable, she wanted to go home.

Then we were told about the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. From our first steps inside the doors, we knew this was the place where mom would be comfortable and receive the care she needed at the end. This was a place where she could spend her final days.

First, it is a beautiful environment. Because mom's stay was very brief, she wasn't able to enjoy everything that was available, but mom said it herself; "this felt like home."

We were also totally impressed by the services available and by the compassionate staff. The staff not only looked after the needs of Grace, they looked over our needs as a family. Everything that mattered most to us at that time was available to us.

Grace was only at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for 48 hours but the house and the care she received made a lasting impression on all of us.

Some day we will all face our final days. Several of our family members have since said that when they go, they want to be surrounded by the beauty and the compassionate, skilled staff of the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

It felt like home for all of us and we are grateful it is available.

(A portion of the memorial fund for Grace Meyer was donated the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House to help fund educational opportunities for staff. For information on opportunities to support hospice care, please call (563) 421-5107.)

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