Thursday, December 29, 2011

Facing one of my fears...

I've worked as a CNA for 1 year and 8 months now and had not, as of yet, actually had to deal with a residents' death. I mean, actually dealing with it, being there to take care of the resident after the fact. I've been on duty, but working on another wing when someone passed away, and have cared for several residents when they were close to death, but I was never actually there when "It" happened. I was really kind of scared about the whole thought of working with a dead person.

Well, tonight, all of that changed. One of our residents passed away this evening at about 9:30. My coworker, April was very brave (she had never done it before either) and we just worked together (washing him up and changing his gown, etc...) and it was not near as bad as I'd dreamt it to be. We just kept reminding each other that he was in a better place now (I believe he really was a Christian), and that he could now be with his wife (who passed away a couple months ago). It was hard, but God saw us through it alright. Death, too, is a part of life, afterall.

Speaking of life though, I'd better get to sleep now, as I need to get up early-ish in the morning and go take care of our neighbors' very-much-alive children at 8:30. :)

May you all have a good night!


Rachel said...

Oh sweetheart! :( *hugs* I'm so sorry dear...yes, I am sure that was hard for you and April. What strong and gentle ladies you are! :) You did a great job and I'm sure the family appreciated your tenderness. I'm glad that the gentleman seems to be a Christian...I've been thinking a lot about hope and the hope we have in Christ lately from some other things I've been reading - such a comfort!

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast..." ~ Hebrews 6:19

I'll be praying for you and the family of this man this week my friend! May God bring peace and comfort to your soul and mind. :) *hugs*

Love you lot's!

Dawn Bornemann said...

Dear Cora,
I am so very proud of you, my dear! I could tell that you were different last night when you came home. You walked taller and straighter (is that a word?)and when you explained that you had overcome that dreaded fear, I understood. Well, you have done something that I have never done and I am proud of you!
Thanks for sharing this with all of us to ponder life's meaning at a yet deeper level!
Have a great day today enjoying the living ones!!!

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Dear Cora,
I am so very sorry to hear of the fear you had to face. What a tough one that would be.

I'm grateful though, that the Lord was with you and April through it all, and I praise the Lord with you for His Strength and Mercy.

Please know I'm praying for you dear Cora... may the Lord Jesus be with you every day.

Your friend, in Him,

Cora Beth said...

Thank you, dear mother and dear friends, for your love and prayers and kind words!

God is with me, I can feel it. :)
May He likewise fill your hearts with His peace.