Dr. Sam, Ellen and Leviticus met and mingled with staff, Board members and numerous guests as they toured the patient-centric, family-friendly home. The trio marveled at the sense of “small town” community, which they said reminded them of their own village atmosphere, but in a distinctly California style. They would soon observe other similarities and differences.
Global Warmth on DisplayAt the Blessing, Sharon stated, “Part of HNC’s Global Partners in Care mission is training village volunteers to care for patients in the process of dying. We have learned much from Dr. Sam and his team about resiliency, ingenuity and perseverance in the face of challenges, including access to the health care. Our ongoing efforts have been strongly supported by our Board, staff and the community.”
Dr. Sam and Sharon agreed that home blessings are present throughout diverse countries, cultures and spiritual traditions. The Pacifica House Blessing reinforced the overarching way in which the goals of Hospice of the North Coast and Nkhoma Hospital intertwine.
As Nurse Ellen Chizimba wisely opined, “We both want our patients to be able to die peacefully.”