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Christmas in February

Liz K. came to Peggy’s House, a hospice and palliative care residence in Scotch Plains, NJ in late January after several hospitalizations. She expressed disappointment to her nurse, Jean Doyle, RN, about how her illness had prevented her from celebrating Christmas Eve at home with her family. After hearing about how much Liz had missed the family’s yearly tradition, Ms. Doyle spoke to the staff. In no time, they planned a special day for Liz, creating Christmas in February, complete with a tree and a visit from Santa.

The main atrium, already decorated for Valentine’s Day, was completely redecorated for Christmas. The tree was erected with lights and ornaments, and gifts, food and Santa appeared to help celebrate the season. Liz, her husband Michael, their children and guests joined Peggy’s House staff on Saturday, February 3 for the festivities. Liz died one week later, but the Peggy’s House staff created a lasting memory for Liz’s family and all involved.

Peggy’s House is one of two residences of the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, a community-based, non-profit organization in central New Jersey.

Watch the video about how this wonderful event came together: 

Submitted by: Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care

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