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Leeann Vidt, R.N. supervisor
Oakmont Center for Nursing
As all life must come to an end, some families find it difficult to face emotionally. I observe them looking scared to talk with or touch a dying loved one, so I will often enter the room, sit on the bed, and take the patient’s hand in mine, then I will ask them if they think the fall leaves are beautiful with all those wonderful colors. They always answer, yes, and look at me puzzled. I then tell them that those leaves are actually dying and that something so beautiful should not be feared. I tell them the greatest gift to give their loved one is loving memories. I ask starter questions, such as what their favorite vacation or holiday spent together was. As they answer with smiles across their lips, I quietly exit the room and close the door. Nothing warms my heart like hearing the laughter behind that door. And then after the patient passes, I am thanked for making the passage from this life a better memory for them. I tell them that their loved one left within a circle of love, just as they had lived.
This is why I love nursing. To be able to help someone change such a scary situation into a sweet memory, makes those difficult, stressed shifts well worth my nursing cap.
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