Published on September 14, 2020
Lately, I’ve been asking myself this question a lot. Before joining Alive, I knew I wanted to do my part to better our healthcare system. I knew I wanted to give my daughter the tools to follow her own path. I had written my will, but I wasn’t thinking about legacy deeply and broadly. It was a term that sounded grand and remote, something I associated with those with wealth or icons from history.
The work we do here every day has inspired me to rethink this. The greatest gift of end-of-life care for those who do it, is in the way it makes us value each day and prioritize our time. Although we help families at the end of a life, the core of our work has always been about living… living as well as possible until the end, making time for conversations that heal, passing on hard-won wisdom, and sharing what matters.
the core of our work has always been about living…
We support our patients in their final stages of legacy work, and we educate community members of all ages on how they can start their own legacy today by identifying the lasting gifts they want to share with the world.
I now think about legacy in more personal terms… the lesson my father taught me about hard work the summer he made me fillet fish, my grandmother’s favorite recipe on a faded card that is now my daughter’s favorite… and on a grander scale… my part in furthering the hospice movement, contributing to the legacy of our founders here at Alive.
What will your legacy be?
Kimberly Goessele, President/CEO of Alive