This Trellis Allows Me to Lean and Rest

By Judie Holcomb-Pack

For several months I have been “supported by the trellis” of Hospice as I care for my husband Tony at home. I am so appreciative of the nurse who comes by weekly to check on him and provide his medications; his social worker who takes the time to listen to our concerns or just share a light moment; and the chaplains who stop by to visit and minister to our spiritual needs. Both my husband and I feel so supported by this “trellis” of team members who are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When my husband fell, I called the team leader who immediately sent out a nurse to check to make sure he hadn’t injured himself. When I noticed a change in his sleeping habits, the nurse communicated with our family doctor, who added a prescription to help with congestion so he sleeps through the night. The chaplain stopped by one day and after inquiring as to my husband’s military service, presented him with a pin honoring his service, which touched him deeply.

But the most special moment was New Year’s Eve when we renewed our wedding vows in a ceremony led by Chaplain Sayward Fletcher and witnessed by close friends. I wore the veil and carried the bouquet from 28 years ago and afterward, celebrated with cake and champagne. A few months earlier when my husband was undergoing treatment for lung cancer, I wouldn’t have thought this possible.

I am thankful for all the support Tony and I receive from the Hospice team and grateful that they are there when we need a shoulder – or a trellis – to lean on.


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