As someone who loves to be out in the redwoods I can relate to this man’s last wish and am touched by the kindness of all those who helped it become a reality.
Ed was an elderly man living in an assisted-living home in Washington and under hospice care.
He had not been outside for several years as a result of his illness and the difficulty in transporting him, but his last wish, which he shared with his hospice chaplain, was to go outdoors. When he was healthy, Ed had been a forest ranger and lived for being outside.
The chaplain contacted the local fire department, and soon after, Ed and several members of the fire rescue team went on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds, Wash. Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle, and other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck.
Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the trees and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.
Program Manager Diane…
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