Thought of the Week- End of Life

I have been volunteering with Hospice Care for the past 2 years. This month, I lost a dear patient whom I worked with closely for the last 6 months. We just celebrated his 88th birthday. We met because he requested a volunteer who would come and teach him meditation and sit with him.
We met weekly. We would check on each other for a few minutes, read something together, reflect on it and then sit together quietly. It was usually an hour visit. Cyril taught me so many things, here are a few: Connection can happen with someone I don't know at all. We can relate to anyone, doesn't matter age, color or religion.(We were opposites in so many ways). We can love someone for what they are. There is so much to learn from each other, in any age. It's never too late to start. There is a full life even when we cannot move out of bed. It's all in our minds. We all want to love and be loved. Time flies. 88 years passed fast. Aging is not for sissies. I would ask him to share what was on his mind, he had so many great quotes, one of my favorites was a few months ago; I sat by his bed and asked him: "Don't think, what's on your mind?" And he said: "Love and work, work and love". He was feisty, witty, and a passionate man who loved life, classical music, and public service. So have a loving work week everyone! Happy Wednesday! - Yael

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