Jamie Lynch came to the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent last Friday to talk about its Hospice service.
Gilchrist provides, among other things, end of life care. I forget exactly the words they use, but the message is to make the most of living the rest of your life. They treat not only the terminal patient, but the patient’s family which must find a way to go on without their loved one.
I was first exposed to Gilchrist when a friend was in-patient at the Towson facility. I have never seen such caring and kindness in my life, and an effort to make everything work. On the morning I lost my Mother, Gilchrist had come to the hospital to move her to the inpatient facility. Before that could happen, our Mom passed. But, the person from Gilchrist stayed, and was like a member of our loving family until we departed the hospital. When I lost my darling Jim, Gilchrist took care of me for over a year, and I to this day, cherish the relationship that I formed with my counselor.
If you have not had the opportunity to have hospice in your life, you will someday.
The Taste is the Gilchrist fundraiser to benefit the Howard County Gilchrist Services. This year, the event will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 5:00 PM at Turf Valley. Pete Mangione has graciously volunteered to chair the event again this year. The theme is Mardi Gras, and the event is characterized by great food from local restaurants, silent auction, live auction, and a raffle. For more information, and to join us for a most worthy cause, visit: www.gilchristcares.org/taste.