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I was devastated Newly engaged it was my first Christmas back home with my family after many years But with no seniority I had little clout to get Christmas off while my dedicated colleagues worked While lamenting my predicament I came up with an idea Since I couldnt be with my family I would bring my family to the hospice With the patients and their families struggling through their last Christmases together maybe this gathering would lend support My family thought it was a wonderful plan and so did the staff Several invited their relatives to participate too As we brainstormed ideas for a hospice Christmas we remembered the annual 1100 PM Christmas Eve Service scheduled in the hospital chapel Why dont we take the patients to church I suggested Yes replied another staff nurse Its a beautiful candlelight service with music I bet the patients would love it Great And we can have a little party afterwards with punch cookies and small gifts I added Our enthusiasm increased as we planned the details of our hospice Christmas celebration Now it never occurred to me that all these great ideas may not float so well with administration It never occurred to me that we might have to get permission for each of these activities- until the director called me into her office Uh Barb Im hearing rumors of a Christmas Eve celebration here at the hospice Well yes I replied Eagerly I outlined all the plans and ideas the staff had developed Fortunately for my career she thought involving our families with the unit activities was a wonderful idea too But she said certainly you are not serious about taking the patients to church It has never been done Yes Im serious It would mean a lot to the patients and families Very seldom do you see any patients at this
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