While sitting vigil at his father’s bedside at Avow’s Frances Georgeson Hospice House, Chris Farrugia observed nurses speaking warmly and compassionately to his father as they adjusted pillows and offered a gentle touch to his forehead.
“Each nurse treated my dad as if he was his/her own spouse or father,” Chris shared in a letter to Avow. At one point, a nurse asked Chris how he was doing and if he needed anything. “At first I thought, ‘I’m not the patient. What could I need?’ But as time passed I began to realize how stressful the experience is on families. When [the nurse] showed that he cared for our family as much as his patient, it meant so much to us.”
Those human interactions in such a time of sadness are very welcomed and the efforts of Avow’s staff cannot be overstated. The passing of my father was so peaceful due to the care he received while at Avow.”