June 2019 Summer Spreading Smiles & Good Cheer Opportunity
This is a great picture to use for our summer Cheer Opportunity. The photo is fun because you can use your imagination to tell a story of what YOU see. I see a bunch of people in a park-like setting enjoying the company of another. From the moment I saw this photo, the elderly lady on the walk path all by herself became the motivation behind this Cheer Opportunity.
It is amazing to me how many people don’t have friends or loved ones to check on them, call every now and again, send a letter, or sit for a while and visit face to face. I learned first hand of this when I was staying with a family member in hospice. During my one week stay, there were a couple of patients who wailed constantly and called out for anyone to come into their rooms. The hospice nurses told me they saw this all the time, and they could not believe families would stick their loved ones in care centers to spend their last days-afraid, very ill, and alone. I will never forget the sound of fear and loneliness from these hospice patients who just needed a hand to hold, lots of prayers, and a loving voice to calm their fears. Oh my, it just brings tears to my eyes.
Reflecting On The Memories Of Losing A Loved One In Hospice…
I myself wonder sometimes how it will be as the years go by. As an empty nester for 10 years or so, and happily married to my high school sweetheart of 40 years, we have seen loneliness from a family perspective. Our family is broken, one side all deceased, the other side not speaking (ouch); and the elusive solo child, grown up, distant, distracted with life. I already feel alone and don’t see a change coming as years go by. However, not to be a soggy blanket…this feeling inspires and motivates me to share smiles and cheer with elderly citizens in the community.
Your “Cheer Opportunity” Starts Today! Here’s How YOU Can Spread Smiles and Good Cheer…
Contact local nursing homes and hospice facilities in your area and let them know you would like to visit the elderly tenants or patients, especially ones with no loved ones. If you are bringing things to hand out, make sure your facility approves, especially if your donations involve scented items or allergy sensitive foods, flowers, and plants.
Remember to “keep it simple.” You don’t have to spend a dime, just enjoy spending your time.
Consider leaving a picture card of yourself with a happy note so the elderly persons you visit can remember you and smile knowing you came to visit.
Hopefully, you will make new friends and keep the chain of spreading smiles and good cheer going throughout the year!
Wishing you all a sunny day filled with smiles, happy hearts, and inspiration to join us on our June journey.