When people ask me what I do for a living I say that I am a Blessing Hospice nurse and I wait for the reply that follows. The usual response is on the lines of “Oh, I am so sorry” or “It takes a special person because I couldn’t watch someone die.” What people do not understand is that hospice is so much more than that one moment. My role as a hospice nurse is not only about what I or the hospice team can do for a patient or family but it is also about what they give to us during this time. It is an honor to be given the opportunity to come along side of a person and help them and their family during this journey. We are given one opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who are at such a vulnerable moment in their lives. These moments can be fragile with times of sorrow and tears or they can be joyful moments full of happiness and laughter.
What many people do not realize is that when our patients pass, we give thanks for the opportunity to get to know them, and we also mourn greatly for them. One cannot be part of something so life changing and not be affected. One of the ways that I have found to help me deal with the loss is participating in the Blessing Hospice’s Butterfly Moments. This annual event is held in Adams, Green, Hancock and Pike counties to remember not only Blessing Hospice patients, but all who have passed and left an imprint on our lives.
I have been given many experiences and moments that I hold dear to my heart during my career at Blessing Hospital. The patients and loved ones that I have had the opportunity to care for have molded me into not only a better nurse, but also a better person. We celebrate life with all those who we have touched and loved, and who have loved us back, as those butterflies are released. Those are memories that I will keep in heart throughout my life. Watching the sea of butterflies surround the families that have allowed us to be part of their loved one’s end of life journey humbles my heart. It makes me realize that being a Blessing Hospice nurse is one of the most rewarding experiences I never knew that I would experience as a registered nurse. I am thankful to be a part of Blessing Hospital and being given the opportunity to be a Blessing Hospice nurse.
To witness the magic of celebrating life, the public is welcome to attend any of our 2014 Butterfly Moments events:
June 29 in Pittsfield, IL, at 2PM in Lowry Park
July 13 in Carrollton, IL, at 2PM in Fry Park
July 27 in Carthage, IL, at 2PM in Jaycee Park
August 3 in Quincy, IL, at 2 PM in Lower Moorman Park
Visit Blessing Hospice online to register and find out more about Butterfly Moments. For more information about Butterfly Moments, please call Sarah Cantrell at Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care, 877-672-7610, ext. 4726.