Patricia
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Patricia arrived at ABODE soon after having a stroke. It was very difficult for her to speak – and she was trying so hard to ask for something… Kleenex? A sip of water? Through patience and compassion, our ABODE End of Life Doula Amy Gilbertson figured out that Patricia wanted her over-bed table closer to her. When Patricia realized that Amy understood her, the look of relief and gratitude completely changed her facial expressions and body language. She even held up a thumbs up sign. It was an amazing experience to witness.

“What a beautiful introduction Patricia offered me to the sacred work of ABODE,” Amy says of her time with Patricia.

Patricia also provided a beautiful reminder that those at end of life will tell us what they need, if only we will listen.

Patricia died in our Blue Room under the care of Compassus Hospice.

Patricia