Visiting the Hospice

© Jim Hughes 2010

We’re back in Florida to visit Eloise’s brother Steve who’s in hospice.

When we made the reservations over a week ago, we didn’t really know if he’d still be alive. And in fact, last Sunday night, the hospice folks really didn’t think he’d make it through the night. But he’s rallied, and we got to spend some good time with him today.

What I noticed most was how aware he was of our presence, and that he heard everything we said, even when we thought he was asleep. He’s having a hard time putting words to his thoughts, and it’s very difficult to understand him, but we managed to have some short conversations.

I was reminded how important presence is — whether there is a conversation or not. Steve mostly slept this afternoon, and Eloise and I would read or just sit. But every so often, Steve would open his eyes and look at us, and every once in a while he’d say something or try to answer a question.

I could tell he’s glad we’re here to spend some time with him. And I’m glad too.

  1. Cheryl Smith says:


    I am praying for you and Eloise, and for Steve as well. May the Comforter be near, present. May Jehovah Shalom be in your midst. And may God use your visit to draw Steve closer to Himself.

    Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time.

  2. Jim Hughes says:

    Thanks so much Cheryl. We have definitely felt God’s presence through this whole situation, and seen that God’s hand has been and continues to be powerfully at work.

  3. John Dobbs says:

    God bless you, Jim, as you and your family walk through your own difficult season.
    .-= John Dobbs´s last blog ..Open Fire =-.

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