Had a somewhat unusual thing happen this week.
In the obits, a "thank you" notice from the family of a patient. For our "caring and compassion."
So I guess maybe we HAVE been focusing on it.
Thing is, I remember that call. Have thought about it a lot since it happened.
You know how sometimes, calls are sad? For whatever reason, you feel for the family.
Well, this one really hit me. I guess there were some aspects to it that I felt personally, more than most.
It is likely that the family felt I was "caring and compassionate" because I really was. That wasn't acting, at all. My heart broke for them all, and I was concerned about each of them individually. I still am.
So for a call where really the only thing I had to offer was sincere caring, it was nice to have that recognized.
But it doesn't make it any easier, or any less heartbreaking.