Thursday, January 27, 2011

He will heal those who trust Him

As part of my job as a CNA I deal very closely with every part of human life, which includes death. As part of my job as a home health aide I also work as an aide to hospice patients. I have known a specific patient since early March who has become very near and dear to my heart. I'm sure you can figure out where this is going, but I want to give you the background.

I won't give you patient details except that she was very sick, terminally sick. The first time I met her after she had found out about her condition, she was the most uplifting person I had ever helped. She was so thankful, and so kind towards me, everyday. Even on the bad ones, especially the horrible ones. As I began to know her more and more, I was even more impressed with what a wonderful person she was. How she made everything happy, and how she influenced the people in her life. How she raised seven amazing children who all raised their children in the church. How she and her husband of sixty years made it through everything. She always trusted the Lord with her life, and knew he was in control. And she trusted him just as much now, as she did her whole life. She touched the lives of hundreds of people as a Secretary at Payson High School for a great deal of her life, but she also touched and uplifted everyone she ever met.

You always grow up thinking of your heros. Today, I want to give my thanks to an amazing woman who became my hero, and example. When I heard about her passing at 9:30 PM tuesday night, the first thing I thought of was when I had last seen her, smiling at me from her dining room table where I had helped her sit down for breakfast that morning, telling me to drive safe and that she would see me tomorrow. It was very much a shock to hear she had passed, and even more painful when I went to visit her house today. It was surprising how empty their house felt. As her daughter said, it become obvious how large her spirit and presence was once she was gone.

I want to be like her when I grow up and for the rest of my life. The thing that I could think of that even described how happy being in her presence made me was 'Consider the Lilies'  sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I just picture her in Christ's arms finally released from all the pain and from the body that held her back, and I know she's in a much better place. I'm extremely grateful to have been able to meet such a wonderful person, and I know I'm much better knowing and loving her.

She leaves behind a husband, and seven children who will miss her very much, including all off her grandchildren, and then all those whose lives she touched. I know its not a good idea to get attached to patients, but she is someone who I truly loved and looked up to. I know everything will turn out for the better, but it doesn't make me miss her less.

Her heart was truly made of gold, and I will never forget her.
I love you Helen Wilson.

Her obituary is here if you want to read more about this beautiful woman.

1 comment:

Ute Family said...

What a sweet post. Thanks for sharing! It's a funny thing, life! You never know who is going to touch your life in one way or another and all you can do is thank the Lord for blessing your life for knowing a person like her!