As a volunteer at the CITM, I am the first contact to greet family and friends of our patients. Recently a couple came to pick up the belongings of their brother who had passed away. This was their last stop before returning home in another state.
As they were thanking us for the compassionate care given to their brother, I noticed tears forming in the woman’s eyes. I opened my arms and said “May I give you a hug?” As I held her for a few moments I thought “what a gift: to be able to extend comfort to a grieving family member.”
We both wiped our eyes, smiled, and then they were gone. But the warmth of that brief contact returns whenever I enter the Cottage.
Millie Haupt, CITM Volunteer