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Hospice touches lives

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To the editor:
“Peace is knowing that love is stronger than death. Love stays with us forever.”
This quote from chaplain Mickie Norman was the theme for the memorial service and Love Lights tree dedication Thursday, Dec. 12. As I sat and listened to each name being read, I began to realize what an impact SECU Hospice House in Bolivia has had on Brunswick County.
Last year during this time, I became well acquainted with hospice and what they do. From the moment my mother was admitted, I was allowed to be her daughter once again instead of her caregiver. The staff and volunteers were clearly there to make the final steps of mom’s journey as easy as possible. For every name mentioned, I knew there was a family whose life had been touched by hospice, just as mine had been.
Once again these gracious individuals have selflessly given of their time and talent to create a beautiful service honoring our loved ones who have passed away this year. As I soon celebrate the first Christmas without my mother, much peace is given to me in knowing so many good and caring people are in our community. I write this with great gratitude to everyone who makes SECU Hospice House a reality.
Nancy Stanaland
Shallotte