by Rev. Randy Kightlinger
There is a special bond that happens as we begin the journey together with our patients. Those first introductions soon evolve into a true empathetic caring that is expressed between patient and home healthcare worker. This is true for all disciplines of our VNA team. As Spiritual Counselor, I have the unique privilege of witnessing this culture of care blossom into something truly amazing. It is not uncommon for patients’ households to express to us that we feel like part of their family. We receive that as the highest of compliments.
Those deep bonds transcend beyond our patients’ passing as we offer bereavement services to their family. One of our yearly highlights is the Annual Memorial Service where we remember the patients who passed in the previous calendar year.
The Annual Memorial Service rotates from year-to-year to various churches in our county. We have been blessed by the generosity of each church to graciously host this important event. This year, the Annual Memorial Service needed to be postponed from our usual time in April. We will be announcing a rescheduled date and location as soon as we are able. The service usually lasts just under an hour and there is a time of refreshment to follow at which our VNA team and patient families have the opportunity to reconnect and catch up.
Our hope is that the Annual Memorial Service will be a positive step in our patient families’ grieving process. Grief is a journey that takes time. Connecting with others is an integral part of the road to healing.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
Please watch for our announcement in the months ahead for details of this year’s service.