Janet was a Meals on Wheels client. She received hot meals, delivered by volunteers whom she considered her friends. Most days, she would sit in her comfy chair next to the typewriter, reminiscing as she sorted through old photos and news clippings.
When feeling inspired, she’d tap out a few lines of poetry or a horoscope. It was important to Janet that she remembered her youth. To see how far she’d come. Though she was unable to do the things she used to, she was still able to live in her home and take care of herself. She took pride in that.
“When I was young, I was very beautiful,” she would say. She was still beautiful; she had warm, compassionate eyes and a smile filled with calm and comfort.
Though Janet had chronic health conditions, she always smiled. She would leave cookies on the kitchen table for the volunteers who visited her. She was generous and kind. “You’re my guardian angels,” she would say to her volunteers.
Janet’s daughter said that all her family ever wanted was for Janet to live out the last days of her life in her own home with dignity and respect. You helped her do just that.
Thank you for helping people like Janet live at home, surrounded by the places, things and memories that mean so much to them.