2017 Annual Campaign
A Message from Gail M. LeBauer,
Chair of the 2017 Annual Campaign
My father died from a heart attack when he was 47. I was in college, and to me his death seemed cruel. It had a profound impact on my youngest sister who was only 10 at the time. She was certain that a loving God would not take a child’s father away.
Years later, I traveled with my mother and sister to Israel. On our first night in Jerusalem, our mother died unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep. From the time the rabbi came to make arrangements until she was buried, my sister and I experienced a series of events I call miracles. Throughout the following days, connections were revealed that brought us comfort. As a result, my sister reclaimed her faith.
My mother’s death was the catalyst that reshaped the way I looked at death. I learned that the passage from this life to the next can be so sacred. When you are in it, you can’t always see it. Sometimes, what you learn comes later. I try to remember this when sitting with others who are fresh in their pain.
My family journey, as well as my work as a nurse and as a behavioral health counselor, has provided a foundation of respect for the professionals and volunteers at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. How we will face death is as important as how we will live. Hospice is that significant bridge between life and death, supporting not only the patients, but also those who are left behind.
“How we will face death is as important as how we will live.”
There is a tenet in the Jewish faith derived from the Hebrew תיקון עולם or tikkun olam which means “repair of the world.” We are all given two hands, two arms, two feet, two ears and a mouth that enable us to move toward those in need. We have a responsibility to use our resources to improve the welfare of others – to give back and “repair the world.”
Our community is privileged to have Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro with its impressive range of services. The staff and volunteers provide excellent care and spiritual support for children and adults during times of serious illness and loss. But they cannot accomplish this work without you.
Please join me in making a contribution to the 2017 Annual Campaign for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. Together, we can move toward those in need and ensure these benefits are available to everyone.
Gail M. LeBauer