“Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
As we move into a new year, I believe this verse characterizes what 2016 has been for us. As a company, we are committed to serving others. By sharing our unique talents, we enrich the lives of families and patients when they are at the most vulnerable and stressful time of their lives. The wonderful thing about Hospice is that it takes all of us to circle around each patient to fulfill our commandments and God’s will. Each and every person matters. No one person is any more important than another. We are only as good as the sum of our souls. We served 694 patients and their families through end of life last year alone. We gave each of them the very best humanity has to offer. We did this, not because we had to, but because it was the right thing to do. It is my belief that our mission, Transitions’ mission, is God’s resolve. I often talk about being pushed to do this work my entire life. I am beginning to understand why I ended up caring for the dying. It has become obvious that the majority of Hospice companies have lost their way. The industry has turned its back on the pure and selfless beginnings of Hospice. It really has fallen to us and a few others to create a new brand of hospice that exemplifies the spirit of the concept and give families and patients what all human beings deserve.
This year, we are even more committed to our mission as faithful stewards of God and his Grace. We work tirelessly to improve the lives of our families and patients each and every day. We continue to be committed to be present at bedside for the deaths of our patients. This says so much about who we are as a collective team. To continually attend almost 90% of our deaths is extraordinary. Sitting 24 hours a day at such a vulnerable time is soulful and selfless. This is the spirit that embodies each and every one of you. Our teams work unselfishly throughout the day and night caring for patients with passion and dedication. It reaffirms our collective will. All of these things are hard. All of these things are selfless. You will never receive the admiration or credit you deserve for your devotion and self-sacrifice, as most people expect that what we do is “normal.” It is all so bittersweet. Because most families usually have nothing to compare it to, they unknowingly take our care for granted. As hard as this can be at times, it is also the fire that burns inside each one of you and, I suspect, the reason that you all do this work as well. It is our desire and commitment that makes all of this possible. This is pure. This is real. This is faithful stewardship.
To all of you, I say thank you. I continue to be humbled by your work. Words cannot express how much I appreciate value and support your commitment to this work. I will be forever grateful for all that you have done and continue to do. Each and every patient that entrusts us with their care deserves the best we have to offer. Let’s welcome 2017 and all the patients that will find their way to our open arms.