Dealing with a loved one’s final days is challenging, emotional and difficult to face. There are so many questions to answer and feelings revealed. That is why hospice is a blessing to so many. Before you go boo-hooing, think again. Hospice is a graceful and comforting program that makes a very rough situation much more bearable.
Wednesday, hundreds filling the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom totally were on board with the hospice transition of life for the “Each Moment Matters” luncheon benefiting Faith Presbyterian Hospice.
Starting promptly at noon with the promise of ending at 1
p.m., Luncheon Co-Chairs Nell Carvell and Cyndy Monie headed up a well-run program from providing floor plan cards designating each person’s seat to Former Dallasites/actress Brynn Thayer flying in to be the featured speaker. She didn’t give a canned speech. No, she spoke from her recent experience in hospice care in dealing with her father Paul Thayer‘s death.
Admitting that her father was a “horrible, horrible patient,” she went on to admit that she had “very little idea of what hospice care did.” When the time came when caring for her father was overwhelming for Brynn and her mother,
88-year-old Margery Thayer, they realized that hospice was the solution. But in searching for hospice providers how does one know where to turn? Brynn looked in the Yellow Pages. There were many providers, but one struck her eye. It was the one with “faith” in its title — Faith Presbyterian Hospice. Brynn took it as a sign. She called at 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon and left a voice message. Within an hour she got a return call and started the journey into hospice care. Brynn learned that Faith not only provided much needed assistance for her father but for her and her mother. From the man who set up the hospital bed in their home, the nurse to the receptionist, Brynn described them as “angels disguised as humans.”
Speaking of angels, the luncheon was also an opportunity to recognize “53 people who have made each moment matter in the lives of others. Some of these people are still living and some are no longer with us.” The following people were called up to be recognized: Deedy and Rev. Walter Bennett (Walter is deceased), Cynthia Brannum, Wanda Brice and Tom Brunner, Marti J. Carlin, Jim Carvell, Victoria Smith Downing, Paula Oliver Duckworth (deceased), Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Jay Evans, John Evans, Rev. Wendy Fenn, Lillie Francis, Faye Gould, Bill Hammett, Douglas D. Hawthorne, Rita Hortenstine, Jan E. Langbein, Rev. Cynthia Weeks Logan, John Andrew Martin, Lynn McBee, Andrew N. Meyercord, Jan and Marc Myers, Pamela Nelson, Dr. Oscar C. Page, Ken Pickett, Barbara Pittenger, Joel Porter, Ken Reiser, Sue Ringle, Mary Hancock Rowe, Terese Stevenson, Martha Stowe, Bette Johnson Swinney, Becky Sykes, Larry Sykes, Billie and Gillis Thomas (Gil is deceased), Don A. Tidwell, Debbie Poole Tunnell, Larry Waisanen, Jean and Thomas Walter, Carolyn and Richard Walton (Richard is deceased), Judy Williamson, Dr. Linus D. Wright, Mary and Robert Wright and Cheri Cordet Zettel.
Well done, Brynn, the 53 folks who have made such an amazing difference, and the “angels disguised as humans.”