Michelle Wulfestieg - All We Have Is Today

Southern California Hospice Foundation

Hospice is a holistic model of care designed to provide comfort and support for people diagnosed with six months or less to live. An interdisciplinary team of medical professionals surround each patient with a community of support addressing medical, social, emotional and spiritual needs that surface during the dying process.

The Southern California Hospice Foundation is intended to deliver a breadth of resources for caregivers, patients and families who are confronting then final stages of life by partnering with the hospice team to assist with needs such as transportation, food, payment of an electric bill, or the granting of a final wish. As the Executive Director of the Southern California Hospice Foundation, Michelle believes that hospice is her ministry, but it wasn’t until her second stroke that she was able to fully empathize with those she serves.

“Upon release from the hospital after my second stroke, I was confined to a hospital bed in my living room. Looking out the window onto a street filled with life, longing to feel the sun on my skin, I finally understood what my hospice patients feel like – free of pain, but totally dependent on others to care for them. Helpless. Bed-bound. Confined to a single room. Weak. Wounded. Vulnerable. Anxious.

As I lay in that bed, I finally understood the power of touch, and what it means to have someone hold your hand. To be present and in the moment, without having to fill the space with meaningless chatter. When someone is critically ill, there is something so significant about just being present. I didn’t have the energy to speak. I didn’t know how to count past ten. Or how to spell. I couldn’t comprehend more than one or two sentences at a time. All I wanted was a calming presence to be there. And in that moment, in that hospital bed, in my living room, I knew why God saved me. With every inch of my being, I knew that I had to continue dedicating the rest of my life to serving those who are dying.”

Today, she is making a profound difference in the lives of the terminally ill. Please find out how by watching the video below or visiting So. Cal. Hospice Foundation’s website: www.socalhospicefoundation.org.

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