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.