Hospice Team Plans Memorable Wedding Celebration for Patient
Heartland Hospice serving Raleigh-Durham continues to help fulfill their patients' last wishes. Kristin Lassiter, spiritual care coordinator, and Annie Rankin, care transitions nurse, had the honor of helping a lovely couple celebrate their special love for each other.
Wendy, hospice patient, has been battling different types of cancer since she was in her 20s and has now been diagnosed with lung cancer. During her first visit with Kristin, Wendy mentioned that it was a dream of hers to get married but was not attached to a church to have the ceremony. She shared that three years ago she reconnected with her love, Terry, and both are originally from Pennsylvania.
After their visit, Kristin jumped into action and began planning a memorable celebration of love for Wendy and Terry. She called Annie and asked if she could lend her photography skills to capture those special moments and Annie was honored to help. Kristin and the team decorated Wendy’s backyard with accents of her favorite color, purple.
The day of the celebration was finally here, Wendy and Terry were surrounded by 20 of their close family and friends, some of them even traveled to be with them for this special day. Although this was not a legal marriage, it was a day full of love for the couple who wanted to celebrate their love with everyone close to them. Kristin and Annie both felt blessed to be a part of Wendy and Terry’s special day.
“This is so much more than hospice… it is about serving each individual on a deeper level. We get one chance to provide a comfortable and compassionate end-of-life experience for our patients and their families. There are no ‘do-overs’,” said Kristin.