Celia’s House

19 Dec

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A pie for Alicia to thank her for reading me my forgotten shopping list!

Just recently, I embarked on a new endeavor.  If you had asked me if I saw this opportunity coming, even just a few months ago, I would have said no.  I would have said that this opportunity wasn’t for me… I’m far too emotional.  But standing on the other side, I think I might have misjudged myself.  In some ways,  I realize I have been preparing for this new position all of my life.

What is this new challenge you ask?  I am managing the culinary program at a home for hospice clients.

In my first few weeks, I have met many wonderful people.  There are the many volunteers who share their time and energy to help create a beautiful space for our patients both inside and out.  Then there is the staff who work tirelessly to keep our clients free from pain and as comfortable as possible.  And finally, I cannot express enough appreciation for the families and friends that come to spend time with their loved ones, often for long hours.  Their love is palpable and inspiring.

Stepping into this position was, to be honest, a bit scary.  I was worried about committing to a long-term agreement because I thought I would wash away from all the tears that I knew would come. Even the first week I started, I had a friend who was a patient in the house.  Initially, she had moved into the house for a respite from the medical journey she was on, but soon she made the very difficult decision not to pursue further treatments.

Some might think that she was giving up — but they would be wrong.  In her last weeks, my friend demonstrated incredible strength, grace, and peace and I was able to witness the beautiful expression of love from her friends and family.  This was an honor that I will always remember fondly.

What I have learned about my new position is that my role is not just to prepare food for our clients.  At times, I am finding ways to be a support system and friend for their loved ones.  Sometimes that is as simple as offering a meal or a treat to keep them going.  Usually, they don’t need or want much, but they are always so appreciative for having been asked.  This position gives me a way to help others and sometimes it is through food.  But often, it is simply to be present with love.

Finally, I would be remiss for not thanking the woman who asked me to be a part of Celia’s House (You know who you are!)  She recognized the strength and compassion in me that I did not.  And for that, I am most grateful.

 “We cannot change the outcome, but we can affect the journey.”  Ann Richardson

9 Responses to “Celia’s House”

  1. Kathy Keener December 19, 2018 at 7:36 PM #

    What a blessed call! And yes, you have been preparing for it for some time. In God’s good time!

    • pieadaygiveaway December 19, 2018 at 7:56 PM #

      Thank you Kathy! Truly, it is a calling! How wise of you to say that!

  2. Donna Wright December 19, 2018 at 8:15 PM #

    Karen, You are one of the most compassionate and caring people I know. I have known you for about 10-12 years and your qualities has been so evident. Thanks for what you do for others.

    • pieadaygiveaway December 19, 2018 at 8:22 PM #

      Donna, Thank you. I appreciate your support so much.

  3. Jeff moran December 20, 2018 at 8:06 AM #

    You are a saint, but those of us who know you, this is no surprise, this kind of care is something that we need, and by having those like yourself fill these positions, it is a blessing not only for the patients and families, but it is I know a blessing to you also. Merry Christmas!

  4. Laura Smith December 22, 2018 at 6:29 PM #

    I can tell you have a “hospice heart” and you’ve found home. Welcome you are right where you belong.

  5. shirley97520 December 22, 2018 at 11:53 PM #

    Seems that your new position, Karen, is a blessing for everyone–the guests, their friends and family, the staff and volunteers. You are a wonder of a person and a shining light. Thank you!

  6. Gary Einhorn December 24, 2018 at 10:13 AM #

    Congrats to you Karen. You are perfect for this wonderful opportunity to serve those in need. So proud of you for taking this on!
    Warmly,
    Gary

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