At HealthKeeperz, we believe that our relationships with our patients and their families go beyond any care provided and services rendered. We believe that every one of the lives we touch are part of our enduring community, and we look for ways to serve families long after their care needs have been met by our team.
A great example of this community care dynamic is our annual hospice memorial services. We know that families continue to grieve long after their loved ones pass on to the afterlife, so we like to honor the families of hospice patients who have passed during the last year during these services.
On November 9, we held a service for families of hospice patients in Fayetteville and surrounding areas at Fayetteville’s Cape Fear Church of Christ, and on November 16, we held a similar service at Crossway of Pembroke honoring families in Robeson and surrounding counties.
The twin hospice memorial services featured multiple opportunities for families to both grieve and reflect on the lives of their deceased loved ones. Families participated in a candlelight ceremony honoring their loved ones, and they also took the opportunity to share from their hearts about their loved ones and their respective hospice experiences.
“Both services, in Fayetteville and Pembroke, were incredible,” said HealthKeeperz President Tim Brooks. “The encouragement that came from the voices of the grieving meant so much to all of us from HealthKeeperz, as many families thanked the hospice caregivers who served them in their time of need. Similarly, the hospice team had yet another opportunity to care for these beloved families.”
Brooks also noted that the occasions were marked in positive ways and weren’t burdened by the sad reasons for the gatherings. “These types of events sound sad on the surface,” he said, “but they really weren’t. The hospice families really encouraged and cared for the HealthKeeperz hospice team by their attendance and their encouraging words. When you leave a hospice engagement, from the caregiver’s perspective, it’s nice to know that these families are able to live happy lives touched by those who’ve passed away.”
At the conclusion of each service, the hospice families and the HealthKeeperz hospice team shared a meal together before parting ways.
Being an organization that’s dedicated to caring for all for the glory of God takes hard, emotional work sometimes. But the spiritual and emotional rewards from providing first-class, heartfelt hospice care are too many to count for our team at HealthKeeperz.