One Last Trip to the Forest

After a long illness, Ed was diagnosed as terminal, and was referred to Evergreen Hospice of Kirkland, Washington. He confided to their chaplain that he longed to see the outdoors again, because he’d been inside for several years. See, Ed had been a forest ranger, a job he dearly loved. Chaplain Curt Huber contacted the Snohomish County Fire District in Edmonds, to see if they could help.

In March, Curt and the RN Case Manager, Leigh Gardner, accompanied Ed and several members of the Snohomish County Fire District on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds. Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle; other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck.

Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the fragrant growth and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.

Ed was delighted. So were all the professionals who accompanied him.

-via Buzzfeed

(Image credit: Evergreen Hospice Volunteers)

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I just love when someone's final wish can be granted. When people are at the end of their lives they have so few demands or wishes. For people to make their wishes come true is such a grace, such an extreme kindness, IMO. May we all have people who care enough about us that our final wish(es) can come true.
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