Prison Hospice…not two words that most folks would put together or invest much time or energy into however a cause worthy and in need of both. Some of my most significant life change moments were as a result of accepting a job as the Louisiana Angola Prison Hospice Program and Inmate Volunteer Director. I pray to find the words to share and express how my life and heart were changed:
People are people and we will all make mistakes and bad choices but we do not have to become our bad choices;
I’ve learned kindness and compassion behind the walls, bars and locked doors that were meant to break men down and witnessed that most people can change given the right opportunity and set of circumstance;
In order to understand someone you need to find a way to relate to them, death is a unifying force and an event common to us all;
I’ve seen Prison bring out the best in an incarcerated man, the worst in a free person and everything in between;
I had my love of end of life care rekindled and my faith in potential restored, please take the time to check out this link to one of my favorite blogs: Pallimed. It is about underserved populations and end of life care, they are commenting on Edgar Barens a film maker whose work has focused on end of life care and corrections. Please take a moment and look at the post by Dr. Holly Yang at the Pallimed Blog.
Live with passion,