The perfect act
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
So how are you celebrating today? I know, there are just so many things you could choose to do, it’s hard to pick the perfect act. Wait, you don’t know what day it is, do you?
Well, Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day!
What a great concept, huh?
Today is the day to do something special for another person. Just a small act; it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture. Pay for someone’s coffee behind you in line. Send a card to someone who has been going through a rough patch. Bake cookies. There are a million things you could do.
Hospice care is all about random acts of kindness. Our staff does them every day. It’s a nurse carefully trimming the fingernails of a patient, a social worker finding a recording of the song that a couple first danced to at their wedding. It’s a nursing assistant gently bathing a patient, and a chaplain honoring the end-of-life religious traditions of a Buddhist family. It’s these random acts of kindness that the families remember when reflecting on a good death; they are what prompt families to say that their experience with hospice was peaceful and beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been grand gestures too. Our patient getting to see Star Wars before she died, for example. Finding a golf cart for a patient who needed to get around his property but didn’t have the means to do so. Procuring a blimp ride for a patient who had always had it on her bucket list.
But today is about the small things. And maybe today you don’t try to think of the perfect act. Maybe today you just do a bunch of small things to bring a smile to the faces of people you care about. Or a smile to the faces of people you don’t even know. That seems pretty perfect to me.
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