In August this year, Jan Holman received news from her doctor that she has terminal bowel cancer. As a result of this diagnosis, Jan’s health declined rapidly, which forced her to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Back home, Jan is a parent to two dogs and a horse. Since she has been staying in the hospital for too long, Jan felt homesick and missed her pets. After a month in the hospital, the ill woman got transferred to Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Right now, Jan is receiving healthcare from the institution.
But even with her family’s support, Jan still felt sad and wanted to see her pets. Fortunately, the hospice agreed that her two dogs, Monty and Rowley, could visit her in the hospice.
It was Jan’s husband, Dennis, who brought the two dogs to surprise his wife. According to Dennis, when Jan saw the two dogs, she was overjoyed. The ill woman was able to spend quality time with Monty and Rowley. Like Jan, the two dogs likewise missed their mom.
Since he saw the positive impact of the dogs on Jan, Dennis then jokingly asked his wife if he could also bring the horse to the hospice. According to Dennis, when Jan was younger, she would ride the horse daily for many years. This activity built Jan’s connection with the horse.
The idea of bringing the horse inside the hospice did not receive negative feedback. Instead, the administrators worked on the logistics. Fortunately, the hospice’s staff thought of a good idea of how to bring the horse there.
With the help of Jan’s riding instructor, Ruth, the horse made it to the hospice. The nurses then opened the window in Jan’s room for her to see the horse. The reunion was rather heartwarming because the horse still recalled who Jan is.
Credits to Hospice of the Good Shepherd.