Today I am pondering the many meanings of checking-out of St. Agnes’ House.
Sometimes being able to check-out is such a happy occasion, because it represents healing and the ability to return to your true home. That happened this past week when a young couple was able to take their little baby, who was discharged from NICU, home. They happily brought the baby to the house and proudly showed the baby to us. Such a happy day for this new family.
Sometimes check-out means moving on to another place. Perhaps the treatment is taking longer and other living arrangements have been secured. That also happened this week. Our guest thanked us profusely. Told us we provided a safe, comfortable place. Now other arrangements were made, because the guest’s loved one needs more assistance. A furnished apartment was found that can accommodate this guest and the many family members who are coming to help.
Sometimes check-out means the loved one is going home to die. Even in this, there is joy that everyone can be in their familiar surroundings and out of the hospital setting.
Sometimes check-out means the loved one has died. This is the hardest of all. St. Agnes’ House offers hope and prayer. It allows families to be close and to not worry so much about how to afford being close to the hospital. It also provides that embrace, that hug, and even some tears when the reality is that the loved one cannot live any longer. That also happened this week. A family who expected to stay for weeks is now erased from our reservation book. A room is available for another family. And our spirits and prayers embrace and hold the ones who packed everything up, are grieving and mourning, and adjusting to life without their precious loved one.
Thank you for all of your support, love, and prayers for St. Agnes’ House. Our fundraising letter has raised $5,300 so far! We received laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes and LOTS of saltwater taffy from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
We received word that we have been chosen to participate in the 2014 Good Giving Challenge, sponsored by the Bluegrass Community Foundation from November 3 – December 12. Check out our Good Giving Profile.
Two members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corbin, Elmer Parlier and Carl Formas, came to Lexington to install a real shower in the bathroom used by staff. See the photos of them in the crawl space behind the kitchen refrigerator.
We are in great need of towels, wash cloths, hand towels, Double size Fitted Sheets, and Pillow Cases. As you can imagine, we go through lots of these items in a week.
Enjoy our view from the porch!