by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
The painting hangs on the wall at Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville, a beautiful reminder that love has a constant presence in this special place. Perhaps it’s an homage to the hearts of the patients who were blessed to call LDHH-H their last home. Or maybe it captures the kind hearts of the staff who so gently and passionately care for the patients and families inhabiting the rooms. Most likely, it’s both of these things.
We have Gini Sellers, a Kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Charter School, to thank for the painting. That’s because a while back, one of Gini’s fellow Kindergarten teachers was going through the process of getting her mother admitted to a local hospice house. When visiting her mom, this teacher was struck by a painting of hearts she saw there; hearts that were all different sizes, shapes, and colors. She came back to work and told her coworkers about it and the image stuck in Gini’s mind.
Soon enough, Gini found herself in a similar situation. Her mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and came under the care of Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County in November last year. When her symptoms could no longer be managed at her home, Gini’s mother-in-law was moved to Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville. She passed away there about a week later.
Gini told me that they were expecting the hospice house experience to be terrible; they were frightened of every implication it held. Instead, she found herself surprised at almost every turn. She was touched that the staff members were just as concerned about her family’s needs as they were about her mother in law’s. She was shocked at how hands-on the doctors were. She was not expecting the environment to be so comfortable and she certainly didn’t think that she would describe the experience as positive. But it truly was.
Through it all, Gini remembered that heart painting her coworker had told her about. And an idea began to form.
All of the grade levels at Lincoln Charter School are required to complete a certain number of community service hours each year; the Kindergarten classes must complete five. Gini thought that creating a heart painting (like the one she’d heard about) for LDHH-H would be the perfect service project to cross off that requirement.
Hearts were drawn on a large canvas and children began painting, choosing the heart they wanted and the color they wished to paint it. More and more hearts were added as the previous ones dried, creating a multi-layered (and extremely bright) effect. All 66 Kindergarten students and their three teachers participated in the project. The art teacher helped add the finishing touches.
The result is a beautiful, happy collage of color and texture with an all-encompassing, all-important theme — love. It’s the sentiment Gini and her family felt at Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville, it’s the emotion that drove the creation of this beautiful piece of art, and it’s the strongest feeling we have for those we hold dear. And this painting portrays exactly where we hold those precious ones — in our hearts.
Special thanks to Gini Sellers and the students at Lincoln Charter School for creating this beautiful painting for LDHH-H. It is truly a special gift and is most appreciated!Explore posts in the same categories: awareness, end of life, hospice, Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, Levine & Dickson Hospice House comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.