It was a hard day going into work to learn a favorite patient passed away. Because we are human, after all, it is sometimes hard for us to separate our emotions from our work, and patients squeeze their way into our hearts. Today we lost a great man who will not be forgotten. A newer team member called me and sobbed, asking me over and over how we do it, how we face death so much, especially with people we know and care about. I did not have easy answers for her.
And just now I learned of a dear family member who is at the end of life, ready to go any day.
My heart is heavy and yet so thankful for these two who have allowed me to walk the journey with them. Christmas will be a quieter celebration this year, but still a celebration - as they both would have wanted.