My mother died today. For five weeks, she was a patient at Panorama City’s CNR. For five weeks, family members kept vigil by her side, and in that time we watched the comings and goings of the CNR staff assigned to her care. Words cannot adequately express our deep appreciation for the love and nurture she received while there.
Working with the elderly ill and dying is emotionally draining and physically challenging. Those who do it well see it as a calling and a passion. The Panorama City staff charged with my mother’s care were the best of the best, because they ministered to her with their hearts as well as their hands. They tended to her physical needs, but they also lovingly tended to her emotional needs: they brushed her hair, stroked her skin, whispered words of encouragement and compassion.
My mother’s own words are the best testament to the care she received: When I asked her if she was looking forward to going home, she said, “I like it here.” Thank you CNR staff for your support and nurture, and for allowing my mother to die at peace and with dignity in the full knowledge that she was loved.