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This is What Life is All About
Submitted by: BAYADA Hospice

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This is What Life is All About

Whenever BAYADA Hospice social worker Julie Shindel would visit her 94-year-old patient Donald Murtagh, she’d find him playing video poker on his computer. When she did her standard “life review,” she discovered that before his heart disease progressed, Mr. Murtagh was very active in his local poker clubs – and he missed playing very much.

He confided in Julie that one thing he would love to do is have a big poker game in his living room, with his family. Julie didn’t hesitate to figure out the logistics. She immediately told him she was going to make that happen. He didn’t believe it. Soon after, Mr. Murtagh and his wife welcomed into their home their sons Paul and Jeff, son-in-law Gary, BAYADA Hospice social workers Julie and Keri, and bereavement coordinator Melissa Robinson. Everyone had a grand ol’ time playing poker, talking, and laughing, and they played until the sun went down.

“I’ll never forget at the end of the night, Mr. Murtagh looked at me with a huge smile on his face, gave me a big hug, and thanked me for making his wish come true,” Julie recalled with great emotion. “Making him happy makes me so happy!” These simple, joyful moments with loved ones are what life is all about!

Submitted by: Lori Bookbinder, BAYADA Hospice

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