Silverado Go Wish Program Celebrates Cultural Diversity
By Paula Sloan, Silverado Hospice Administrator
The U.S. is often referred to as a melting pot – one filled with different people from diverse backgrounds. Those differences – or cultures – often shape who we are on our journey through life.
Addressing the needs of our hospice patients includes recognizing and respecting cultural differences. A patient’s last wishes are often dependent on cultural background, religious and spiritual beliefs and their role in the family. To help align with these wishes, Silverado hospice takes time to understand the culture and final wishes of each patient.
Through our “Go Wish” program, Silverado works with patients and families to achieve any final wish, no matter how big, small or….how far it takes us.
A few months ago, our hospice team cared for a patient who wanted to die and be buried in his homeland. We arranged a flight to Israel, but he unfortunately passed away a few days prior to his scheduled departure. Despite his passing, we felt it was important for us to fulfill that final wish. Our nurse, physician and director of patient care services worked tirelessly with the funeral home and the Israeli consulate to have him flown to and buried in his home country.
Our team is privileged to care for and be part of each patient’s end-of-life journey. We celebrate the lives and cultural diversity of those we care for and strive to provide comfort and dignity at the end of life.
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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