Editor's note: The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the Saturday, May 10, 2008 Edition of The Sun.
Letters To The Editor
‘God’s waiting room’
Over a year ago I wrote a letter to the editor about a Hospice House for Northeast Arkansas. My uncle, who I loved very much, was at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Miss., when he passed away. The love and care he received in his final days was so comforting for his family.
Little did I know that St. Bernards Foundation was 10 steps ahead of me. On May 3 a butterfly release was held at the proposed site of the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards. The turnout for the butterfly release was good. What great support. There were 500 butterflies released at the same time. What a wonderful sight. The butterflies were purchased in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones. The names of the friends and family members were read aloud. It was so moving to hear the name of my Mom and Dad spoken over the loudspeaker, along with other family members and friends.
A hospice house is one of those things that you hope you don’t need but are so very grateful for its existence if you do. This would ease the guilt of the caregivers who can’t take care of their loved one at home. They will know that, at the hospice house, they will be with their family member; however, they will also be able to “take a break” and know their loved one will be watched over while they are taking that much needed break. Sometime during this time the caregivers may just need to be alone and pray. The chapel will be a good place to sit and pray, always knowing that you are very near to your loved one.
I would personally like to thank St. Bernards Foundation and the Jones family. I’m sure Flo and Phil Jones would be very proud of the legacy they are leaving for their family. What an inspiring and unselfish act from the Jones family. This is just another way that St. Bernards is caring for the people of Northeast Arkansas. What a great ministry this will be. I would also like to personally thank Kevin Hodges for taking the time to talk to me and answering any questions I might have.
I hope that everyone will support his worthwhile endeavor. It will take the entire community supporting and volunteering to keep this project going. Please help in any way you can. We never know what lies ahead for our loved ones.
If you have an occasion to make a donation, please consider the Jones Hospice House. It will truly be the gift that will be shared by many. A quote from a 2005 patient of Sanctuary Hospice House called it “God’s waiting room for Heaven.” How great an outlook is that!
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