May 06, 2016 at 07:20 PM

Kindness

By Sarah House

Recently a woman living through her last weeks of HIV moved into the House. Her T-cell count was 1. Veronica had lived the last few months in the Psychiatric Health Facility. Now she was dying. Veronica’s life had been hard. Not only was she ending many years of HIV, but she had also a long life story of addiction and serious mental health issues.

But once again, it was Veronica herself who spoke with great clarity and nobility about dying well and living well.

On the day she moved in, nervous and concerned about how the others would like her, Veronica extended her hand quietly to the first staff person to whom she was introduced. “I respond really well to kindness,” she said simply.

Don’t we all?

Posted in Resident Stories.

Testimonials

I have learned that the meaning of extraordinary kindness at Sarah House is something that we should all incorporate into our lives, in all our interactions with others. I saw the unconditional love and acceptance open the heart of my brother in his last days and touch the hearts and minds of all his friends who witnessed the many acts of love he received. Thank you for giving my brother so much, as he had so little.