Some time ago, we had a patient under hospice care in the general inpatient unit at Central Texas Medical Central. As he interacted with his nurse Cheryl, she learned that his birthday was in December and that he loved Christmas, so she hunted down a Christmas tree in the hospital and set it up in his room. The patient’s family was then invited to add their personal touches to the tree and together they enjoyed it until the very day he passed.
It was after his passing that the patient’s siblings shared how much that Christmas tree had made their brother happy. When Cheryl heard how appreciative they were, and learned that her act of kindness had brought joy to the family during a difficult time, she was humbled to see her role make such a difference in their lives. For the family, her good deed was a heartwarming example of what it means to deliver whole-person care, body, mind and spirit.