Our First Hospice Moment. Light Up A Life.
The Christmas season can be especially hard for those who have lost a loved one.
Each year Hospice of SLO offers a beautiful event, giving people opportunity to remember their loved one in a ceremony of remembrance called "Light up a Life." And the year Chester and I came on board, they added an additional night of remembrance for those who were grieving the loss of a pet. Hospice understood the need to make an evening separate for pet owners, as it is not appropriate for Rover's name to follow grandpa's in an event as tender as this.
So to honor all those dealing with a loss...the pet night was added. And Chester and I were invited.
There were not many people in attendance that evening. Just a handful. And, since we were new to Hospice, except for 2 familiar faces, everyone was new to us. Chester was drawn to one man in particular. While people mingled before the ceremony began, Chester wanted to be with Mr.D.
And so, when it was time to sit, we asked Mr. D if we could sit by him.
He welcomed us.
Chester sat between us. Actually he lay across Mr. D's feet.
At one point big tears leaked out of Mr. D's eyes, he began to share publicly about his dog, ...He was my best friend. I don't know if I would be here today if it hadn't been for him...He was by my side throughout my chemo treatments, always there for me.... The tears flowed.
As he talked, Chester sat up and nestled his head onto the man's lap. Mr. D. hugged him and cried healing tears.
Not a dry eye in the room, as we watched this miraculous moment unfold.
As it turns out, I later learned that Mr. D was the only non-staff person at Light Up A Life. He was the reason we were there. And Chester knew.