At Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., we honor and respect our patients and families by offering them an environment at the end of life that is condusive to peace and comfort. We provide a Sacred Space, a ritual in reverence.
Cornerstone Hospice home health aides transform patients’ physical surroundings into an intimate, personal space that allows for a spiritual end-of-life experience.
Sacred Space deserves sacred words and actions. Each step is intentional and meaningful. It is a comforting place devoid of chaos and clutter. Silence is powerful. Home health aides respect the quiet and speak softly, lovingly and reverently. A clean-smelling, calming, warm and tranquil space can include
* Flickering candles in a dimly lit room to feel nurtured and safe.
* Prayers or other rituals (if requested) to bring in the divine presence.
* A bath with a relaxing hand rub which is gentle and respectful, preserving privacy, dignity and grace
* Anything to create a place of glory which then becomes part of a ritual in reverence.
Invoking the senses comforts the soul while providing feelings of holiness. Our patients find themselves in a place of stillness, beauty and serenity … a Sacred Space.
I would like, at the end, to be able to see the tree outside the bedroom window, to sit or lie on the flower-filled sun porch … to feel that the children and friends, if they wanted to visit, could come to the place of beauty that we have shaped. -- Herbert and Kay Kramer, Conversations at Midnight.