Pastor Holland Lewis of Holland Lewis Ministries joined Rev. David Helseth of Englewood Christian Church in meeting Laurie Oswalt, recently named chaplain at Memorial Hospital. They toured the Cottage with me and were pleased to see so much thoughtful space is given to patients and their loved ones. Starting in the Cottage chapel the three spiritual leaders visited each room and spoke of families they had helped in the past and how they could have benefitted from a wonderful home like the Cottage.
Holland Lewis remarked, “This exquisite place will provide a sense of reverence and peace to those whose days here are coming to a close; and comfort and strength to their grieving families.” Pastor Helseth, who has served nearly 5 years as a member of the Hospice Steering Committee added, “To see the vision and dream that many of us have held for so long come into reality is truly exciting and humbling.
This Cottage in the Meadow is definitely the effort of the entire community as we work together to honor life and love. You can already feel the sacredness of this place.” Chaplain Oswalt added, “In addition to the wonderful Cottage facility, the Memorial hospice staff and volunteers add yet another level of commitment and dedication to helping patients and their families deal with life’s last days.”