While there is no way for anyone to change the prognosis of someone who is ill, we each have the power to help to shift the focus off the illness and onto the concept of living fully present. One of the comments most often heard among the clients of a day hospice program is that they do not have to mask how they are feeling about what they are going through because they are worried about how their “mortality” will worry and upset others.
The Model chosen for By The Willow is Legacy. The creation of memories is the foundation of the day’s agenda, special guests, activities and themes. Our goal is to create memories that clients can share with their loved ones “today” while preparing to leave a legacy to their loved ones when that day (as it will for each of us) comes.
We wish to pay special attention to the request of help in the area of legacy work. Those in our community who have knowledge or expertise on journaling, the building and filling of memory boxes or scrapbooking are needed to help By The Willow grow and nurture this model.