When Norma arrived at hospice to visit her beloved sister, Marian, she found the staff welcoming–the facility sparkling–the atmosphere warm. When she gave Marian’s name, she was guided to Room 2. When she stepped into the room, the nurse attendant hugged her and said she would step aside to allow Norma private time with Marian.
This was the first time Norma experienced the comfort hospice offered for patients in their final breaths of life. Afterwards, Norma committed to volunteering at hospice. Happily took the 35 hours of training and now has her 10 year pin to celebrate a decade of service to strangers who deserve final days of peace gained from a golden haired volunteer.
In one such moment the patient asked if Norma, a professional cosmetologist, would color and cut her hair in the hospital type bed. With permission from the doctor and able assist from the nurse, Norma brought the patient’s hair to a lovely luster and impressive cut. When the newly coiffed patient looked in the handheld mirror she smiled a large smile and said. “I am ready for my family visit now.”
As Norma packed up her hair styling gear and stepped out of the patient ‘s room, she stared at the room door and saw it was Room number 2. She thought she could “feel” Marion smiling down at her.
We can all choose to share our unique gifts to brighten the day of those who are in our life path. After all, every room counts.