[An excerpt from the Hive Strategies article by Jean Kelso Sandlin, EdD, "A Personal Reflection on How Hospital Social Media Can Make Meaning from Death" ]
A nurse’s kind words on a social media website
She wrote, “I wanted to thank you for allowing me to share in a part of [your dad’s] life if even for a short period. I could certainly tell the love and support you as a family had for him. My prayers, and thoughts are with all of you at this time. Please let us know if there is anything I can do for you. Many blessings to all of you.” Her words were so affirming during a very difficult time. I think so many families experience some doubt after losing a loved one – did we do all we could? That she recognized the love we had for him made a difference to me. She made a difference by making a choice to engage in social media and share her sentiments.
Often when we have had a loss, it is difficult to remember the width and breadth of an impact our loved one has made. From social workers, doctors and hospice nurses, to neighbors, co-workers, and friends of the family, a loss is felt by many. Click to read ”A Personal Reflection on How Hospital Social Media Can Make Meaning from Death” by Jean Kelso Sandlin, EdD, on one experience that made a difference.