Helping families say goodbye

Lacombe oversees the Palliative Care unit’s function to make sure patients are getting services they need, staff are getting support to provide those services, and families’ needs are met. “It’s obviously an extremely emotional time,” she says, “so my door is always open.”

In addition to ensuring pain and symptoms are being managed and patients are engaging in activities and meals as much as they are able, Lacombe and the Palliative Care team have organized some very special — and unexpected — events for patients.

“One patient had never been able to afford a wedding ring for his wife and it was his wish to give her one,” Lacombe recounts. The man dreamed of having a proper wedding service, regretting that financial circumstances had never allowed for one.

“Our social worker and staff were able to get a simple ring for him, contacted his clergy and set up the Providence chapel, so husband and wife could renew their vows.” MORE

Advertisements

About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
This entry was posted in End of Life. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s