The Dream Team Gathers to Say Farwell

Last Wednesday, past and present staff, patient’s and family of our co-worker Diane, gathered to have a celebration of life for her. Doc had me available to help comfort those that needed a friendly dog to reach out to. It is healing when everyone can gather and support each other in their grief.

Although it was a sad day saying good by, I was comforted to see so many of my past co-workers. Getting pats and hugs from each one reminded me of how working together to help others, can bond a group for life. Both Doc and I are so thankful to be part of a team of so many professionals that have dedicated their lives to show up every day to serve the needs of others. Some have retired or moved on to other jobs, but whenever we see each other, it feels like coming home. I looked at all their faces and remembered the years I have spent with each and everyone of them, sharing our lives and bonded by our experiences. Doc says she is a better person for having known all of them and they have all touched our lives in different ways. I miss the ones that have left, especially Carolyn, that use to make me popcorn every day. It doesn’t feel the same at work without them.

Although transitions are a part of life, personally, I don’t care much for change. Doc says I need to work on my resiliency, because change is inevitable. I suppose she’s right. People grow, move on, and even pass away. I have to think that Diane would be happy to see us all together again in her memory.

  • Connie
    October 12, 2023

    Grover , I must say that seeing all the old faces gives me little goosebumps. I am not a big fan of change either but with practice I have gotten better. I am not positive what happens when our bodies finally get too tired to go on but I bet it will be a marvelous place. Thank you , from the bottom of my heart

  • Grover
    October 13, 2023

    You are welcome Connie

  • Stephan
    October 21, 2023

    Probably the best dream team around. Eighteen of the most beautiful minds in one room. Change can be one of the most difficult things one has to go thru, but the internal changes are the hardest and inevitable, unfortunately. Death is definitely one of them things that brings on an internal change that we all go thru at some point. My thoughts go out to Diane’s family and friends.

    • Grover
      October 22, 2023

      Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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