Beach Party Birthday
Silverado and Rosemont in Kingwood brought the beach to her!
The only request Jean Chambers had for her 93rd birthday was to go to the beach one more time. Her love for the beach had been a life long passion she shared with her daughter, Susan Cilie.
Susan, Jean's daughter, shares:
"My earliest memory is playing at the beach in Florida, [my mom] said one of my first sentences was “foot to water”. Mom and I have been beach bums ever since. We’ve collected shells from all over, and have so many they are in storage. Our favorite saying is 'There’s no such thing as a bad day at the beach!'”
Silverado and Rosemont had planned on a big beach party for her on September 19th. But Jean's health was declining, making the chance of her not making it to her big day becoming very real. So, on September 4th Silverado and Rosemont of Kingwood pulled together and brought the beach to her and her daughter, complete with water, sand, sea shells, ocean music, and pink flamingo's.
Everyone was involved and she LOVED it. She sat with her feet in the "ocean" with a big smile on her face for over an hour.
What a wonderful experience for all in attendance!
Jean passed on September 10th - and now we can smile knowing that she got her last request to visit the beach.
L to R: Michelle Harrison RNCM Silverado Hospice, Susan Cilie daughter, Jean, Irma Glueck Medical Social Worker Silverado Hospice
Slowly, and with some ambivalence, I will begin to experience the new in my life.
Spirituality in its broadest sense is, quite simply, a way of life that reveals an awareness of the sacred and a relationship with the Holy One in the midst of our human frailty, brokenness and limitations.
--Edward C. Sellner
To be faced with the loss of a loved one is to be engaged—or reengaged more intensely—with the experience of the spiritual. Questions of our loved one’s survival, of our own relationship to the spiritual world, of our possible communion with the dead now or after our own death—all come to us with new urgency. Surely if we can summon an awareness of the Holy One as a loving, caring reality, we shall be miles ahead! We can bear the uncertainty of answers to our questions if we feel that the One who is in charge cares for us all, grieves with us when we are sad, and wills our good. This has been the yearning, and the confidence, of believers through the ages. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” said the apostle Paul in the Letter to the Hebrews. These things are no less real for being “not seen.”
--In the midst of my brokenness, O Holy One, may I be made newly aware of you.
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