Blown away

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

Video_CameraI have been simply blown away this week.

We have been filming the past few days here at HPCCR because we were asked to create a couple of videos for training and marketing purposes.  So we invited some employees to come and speak on camera about what they do and how they make a difference.  You know, I’m not really sure what I was expecting.  But after two days of intense listening, I do know that those expectations were absolutely left in the dust.

The folks we interviewed ran the gamut from nurses and nursing assistants to social workers, chaplains, and grief counselors.  We asked them all very similar questions about their jobs and looked forward to what they’d say.  What I truly loved about this experience is that we got such different answers; we heard wonderfully varied perspectives and were offered personal experiences and philosophies.  Those of us listening got teary eyed occasionally, but we also laughed, and a few of us downright sobbed.  It was at some times emotional and raw, but it was at all times 100% honest and 110% passionate.

Interestingly, there was one question that was answered practically the same way each time by our interviewees.  That was when we asked them what they wished people knew about hospice care.  Without hesitation, they all said they wished that everyone understood that hospice is not a death sentence.  That asking for hospice does not mean the patient has given up.  They want folks to know that choosing hospice means choosing quality of life and enjoying that life right up until the end.  With the help of hospice, it’s not only possible but inevitable.

Our employees were so earnest about their feelings; it was a life sermon and we were the witnesses.  Everything they said was meaningful and beautiful, ringing with wisdom, practicality, and hope.  Man, I just wish you could have heard them.

Luckily you will.  But first we have to go through the footage and make the excruciating decision about what must be included and what we’ll have to put away for another day.  I honestly wish we could use every word.  Rest assured, though, you will be blown away by the final product.  Just like I was by the dedication, passion, and love I heard come straight from the heart of each person we interviewed.

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3 Comments on “Blown away”

  1. Giusto, Louise Says:

    Wish I was there to witness this !! I cant wait to see the video 🙂 We truly work with some absolutely amazing people !!!

    See you on Monday 🙂


  2. Nancy Cole Says:

    I can’t wait to see the video. Heck, I’d be interested in seeing the raw footage. We have amazing exceptional awesome care givers on staff – their testimony, I’m sure was heartfelt.

  3. Anita Paris Says:

    This video is just what is needed to help those families with no prior hospice experience understand that hospice is truly about living (well) with a terminal illness rather than dying from it. Can’t wait to see it and to share with others needing such a resource of information. Carry on the great work!!

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