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Wedding in a Hospice
Submitted by: Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice

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Wedding in a Hospice

With an expected three- to-six months to live, 88-year-old Lloyd Petermann knew time was of the essence when he popped the question — again — to Doris, his wife of 62 years.

Lloyd, a patient at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice who is dying of congestive heart failure, was sitting in his room on Sunday with his wife and two of their great-grandchildren when he suddenly asked her to marry him, explained Doris, 85.

She answered, “Sure! When do you want to get married?”  The family and hospice team jumped into action.  We planned a vow renewal ceremony, which took place outdoors in our gazebo.  Her sons walked her down the “aisle” (sidewalk).  A marketing sales rep who owns a bridal shop heard what we were doing and quick ran to get her a veil and a hair clip, along with some small “wedding” gifts.  We helped our patient get dressed in a suit coat and wheeled him to the gazebo to await his bride.  The children called their pastor who was happy to officiate.  All of the adult children, grandchildren, and some great grandchildren attended along with our hospice staff.  Our kitchen staff prepared a buffet reception. 

The patient was well enough to recite his vows and kiss the bride!

We called the press and the story made headline news.  

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