Support and Care When It’s Needed Most
The staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospice program has one goal: to provide our patients and their families with the highest level of physical, emotional and spiritual care during life’s final journey. At hospice, we know this is one of the most important times any family ever experiences, and we are committed to making it as comfortable and meaningful as possible.
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Walk with E — A Healing Journey
Eric Miller has a passion for Hospice care. So much so, that he has been volunteering for St. Elizabeth Hospice since January, 2013. Although this passion was brought on through witnessing a dear friend go through hospice, it’s Eric’s story that brings us to where we are today — on a Walk with E.
The first week of July 2012 may seem like an arbitrary date to most, but to Eric Miller, it holds great significance. It was that week that Eric received life-changing news — he had metastatic pancreatic cancer. Stage Four. Inoperable. Non-curable. After 24 weeks of aggressive treatment, the tumors in his body had been significantly reduced. He had been given the gift of time, and was advised by his doctor that if there was anything he really wanted to do, he should “get on with it.”
During this time, Eric had a chance viewing of the movie, “The Way” — a chance viewing that would impact his and the lives of many others in the future. Scene by scene, this movie draws upon the spiritual journey of many and the multiple lives and effects that each person can have on another’s life. Inspired by this journey, Eric decided he, too, would walk the Camino de Santiago (known as The Way to St. James) from Astorga to Santiago de Compostela, Spain — a trek of about 150 miles. The Way of St. James was seen as one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the medieval times, and yet, today, serves as a spiritual journey for many pilgrims who are paying homage to those who came before and after them.
Eric walked for 11 days in September, 2013. This was a true physical, spiritual and emotional journey for Eric, which is why he dedicated his walk to the volunteers, patients and staff of St. Elizabeth Hospice. Eric has seen the power of hospice care and believes fully in the physical, spiritual and emotional support hospice provides for patients and families, when they need it most. Eric’s goal is to broaden awareness of hospice and encourage donations for the St. Elizabeth Hospice program. Through his blog and his Facebook page Eric shared the ups and downs of his spiritual and physical path, stories about hospice and the wonderful hospice staff, pictures and so much of himself with us all. We’re delighted to say Eric’s personal journey and efforts have, to date, raised over $10,000 for the St. Elizabeth Hospice program.
Now home, Eric continues to share his story to help heal our community. He wants people to know and understand “when we get to that point, we don’t have to face death alone. Hospice is a wonderful organization, prepared to help us all during one of the most difficult parts of life.” If you want to show your support for Eric and his mission, please click here to donate to “Hospice — Walk with E.”
Eric's story was featured in the Winter 2014 issue of St. Elizabeth Healthcare's Healthy Neighbors magazine. To read the article, please click here.
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