Last week, I had the privilege to journey alongside a grieving family facing the grim prognosis of their loved one’s condition up through his death. At one point, upon receiving the news of his “brain death” from the physician, the stepfather declared, “We need some hope here. This has all happened so quickly. Where can we find some hope?”
Reflecting upon this difficult situation, I came across the following quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” This proves true not just with this case but with all families facing the pending death of their loved one. Hope is definitely infinite. However, how can one acquire this type of hope? It may come through their faith and/or support from others. However, it also come through each and every one of us—through our empathetic listening, kind and understanding words, supportive touch, and extraordinary acts of service. We offer hope by directing the paths of the patients’ care and helping families move forward beyond the walls of this hospital.