Written by: Sarah P., RN, CHPN, Hospice Nurse
On Christmas Eve, as I was driving to go visit my patients, my favorite Christmas song came on the radio, “Christmas Shoes.” For those of you who are not familiar with this song, it’s about a man standing in a checkout line on Christmas Eve watching a little boy in front of him with a pair of shoes. As the little boy gets to the checkout counter he says,
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my momma please, it’s Christmas Eve, and these shoes are just her size, can you hurry, sir, daddy says there is not much time you see, she’s been sick for quite a while and I know these shoes will make her smile. I want her to look beautiful if momma meets Jesus tonight.
This is an amazing song that shows a little boy’s love for his mother so deeply that it melts my heart each time I hear it. However, as I was listening to it this time, I thought about it a little differently. As a Hospice Nurse, I have the distinct pleasure of taking care of someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, grandma, or grandpa every day. I know that their families love them just like the little boy in the song loved his mother and wanted to make her look beautiful, just as the family of our patients love their loved ones and want the best care for them and want them to look beautiful when it is their time to meet Jesus. Sometimes working with family dynamics is challenging, but we have to remember it comes from love and them wanting the best for their family in their critical time of need.
I believe hospice is a blessing to families who are walking their loved ones to the gates of Heaven and what a privilege it is that we are all invited to take part in that journey. To see the smile on my patients’ and their families faces and know that we made that happen fills my bucket and keeps me going. Each patient and family we serve is a gift to us and teach us all something. We may not see it right away, but eventually we do. I absolutely love hospice and I think that my team is also amazing.
Sarah P., RN, CHPN
Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC