When I thought of sharing stories and articles touching on the subject of compassionate care this month there were a number of people and places that came to mind. I was hoping to start a bit of a dialogue where parents could share some of the moments of care that left a lasting impression on them and perhaps some of our care providers in the group might share the same.
I took a chance and reached out to one of the key care givers from the PICU team at Alberta Children’s Hospital from years ago. I will never forget the peaceful calm that she brought to the most horrific moments in our life. She and the team that spent Marshall’s last night caring for us and our son will forever be in our hearts and minds. I asked if she would be willing to share a story, comment, or favourite quote to highlight some of her experiences over the years in supporting families through child loss.
Days later a note arrived that filled my eyes with tears and wrapped my heart with a warm blanket of joy, once again, so lovingly around my pain.
I have shared this with you now to show the TALENT, DEDICATION and COMPASSION these individuals possess. I share it so that you know the lasting impact YOU and YOUR CHILD have had on the lives of those that have supported you in your journey of loss. From great sorrow comes beautiful inspiration and connections that last a lifetime. Impacts that ripple through our lives, often unknown.