By Malarie Allen | Public Relations Specialist
One of the biggest fears about the end of life is leaving financial and legal matters undone for loved ones to deal with. It’s a matter many people don’t think about before tragedy hits. But, it’s also a way hospice care brings peace and comfort beyond physical needs.
As a Shepherd’s Cove patient faced the end of his life’s journey, he realized he needed to tie up some loose ends with finances and legal paperwork, so he wouldn’t leave his wife and child in a bind. Social worker Stacy Higdon and local attorney Norma Wells helped lift these burdens from the man’s shoulders before he died.
Higdon learned the name of the patient’s wife was not on their house deed. Without her name, she would have no rights to the property after his death. Higdon set about trying to correct the problem by calling Turning Point Legal, co-owned by Wells.
Wells serves on the boards of directors for Shepherd’s Cove Hospice and Shepherd’s Cove Palliative Care. Both nonprofit entities work to improve the quality of life for those facing the realities of terminal illness through comfort care and social services. Many times, this includes helping patients get their affairs in order before they die.
Wells located this patient’s deed, quickly made the necessary changes, and faxed it to Shepherd’s Cove for signatures. The family was so relieved, they sang Wells’ praises. Wells received a purple sheep award, which is a small way Shepherd’s Cove recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help patients.
By working together, Higdon and Wells helped the patient and his family find a measure of peace in a tumultuous time.
“By the time he left, he could hopefully leave with a peace of mind that he had done all he could to take care of the ones he was leaving behind,” Wells said.