The most precious gift that the Maui community provides to those we serve is the Gift of Time.
- A nurse spending an extra hour or two at a patient’s bedside, taking extra time to explain a difficult situation to a family, or visiting a second time on a difficult day.
- A hospice aide having the time to give a patient a haircut or a manicure.
- A social worker creating a letter board so that a patient with speech difficulties can communicate clearly.
- A spiritual care counselor delivering reiki treatments not just to a patient but to his wife or caregiver.
Lately our Hospice Maui team has been reaching further into the Maui landscape, deeper into places of need that are off the beaten path. I am so very proud of what I have seen them do, in places without traditional housing, running water, or other resources. Time is what allows us to be there as well.
A hospice chaplain once told me, “Dying occurs at the speed of nature. We need to slow down to the speed of nature to be in the presence of the dying.” Trying to do that while “managing workloads” in a time of limited resources is tremendously challenging. Community support is what allows us the freedom to slow down to the speed of nature when it is most needed.
Time is precious to us all, but most especially precious to the dying and their families. Thank you, Maui, for giving us the Gift of Time.
Dr. Nancy Long, Medical Director