Thanksgiving reflections

Cathy Hamel, Executive Director, Gilchrist Hospice Care

I can honestly say that Thanksgiving is on of my favorite days. I appreciate the relative simplicity of the day, and I enjoy the fact that no one faith can claim the day or sentiment as its own.  I am always surrounded by family, about 30 in total with three generations present.  We have a ritual that includes  a public reading of what each of us is grateful for. 

This year high on the list was a gratitude for our enriching employment at a time when so many people are struggling.  For our children it always includes their appreciation for each other, and for being part of this wonderful group/family.  They are also grateful for the many pies that they will eat throughout the weekend!  For the older adults in the group there was a gratitude for physical and psychological health. 

As I reflected this past Thanksgiving morning, I found myself thinking about all the families that would share the day or days together over Thanksgiving because of the work we do here at Gilchrist Hospice Care.  I found myself smiling.  I can’t think of a better gift to give someone. 

It is an honor and a privilege to be invited into their homes and to assure that we keep these ever important units intact.  Thank you for being with us and for choosing to help our families at one of the most critical times in their lives.  Happy belated Thanksgiving!


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