Guadalupe Regional Medical Center | Health Currents | Summer 2019
Care for a broken heart After Marie’s passing, Basil was understandably anxious, stressed and very sad to have lost the love of his life. The hospice team continued to visit him, providing grief counseling and showing genuine concern for his well-being. Within the year, Basil began to show signs of dementia and physical demise, which Sharon attributes to his broken heart. Once it was apparent that he, too, was entering his final chapter in life, GRMC Hospice Services were again sought to help care for him. Sharon recalls that one day at Basil’s assisted living center, she overheard him tell his hospice nurse yet again about how he had met his wife decades earlier. She especially remembers how the nurse smiled and enjoyed the story as if it were the first time she had heard it, and how they sang a song together. That moment touched Sharon deeply. “It was the sweetest thing ever and is etched in my heart forever,” she says. GRMC Hospice Services provided the care, understanding, knowledge and assurance that Sharon’s family needed during these sad transitions. Working full time, it was difficult to provide the care and attention she knew her parents needed, and it eased her mind to know that each day her parents were in capable and compassionate hands. She also says that the candlelight memorial services sponsored by the hospice team are meaningful and wonderful ways to continue to honor and remember her parents and to connect with others who are similarly grieving their loved ones. Stories of compassionate care —Continued from front page GRMC hospice services provides compassionate end-of- life care. Learn more at grmedcenter.com or call 830.401.7561 . 2 | GRMC Health Currents Upcoming events Please join us for a day of pampering, shopping and screening. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this free community event will feature: Kendra Scott Trunk Show • Free-flowing mimosas • Munchies • Massage stations • Shopping • Door prizes • Local vendors and physicians • And, of course, mammograms* THIRD ANNUAL Say cheers to prevention! Saturday, Oct. 5 10 a.m. to noon GRMC Patient Tower *A limited number of mammograms will be available the day of the event. To reserve your appointment, please call 830.401.7745 . Our registrars will be on hand the day of the event for those wanting to schedule their screening for a later date. Most major insurance companies will cover the cost of your screening; however, customary radiologist interpretation fees will apply.