Grateful Hearts Program


Showing Gratitude Helps the Healing Process ~ Gratitude is more than a word or a gesture.

It provides a connection to others and can also aid in the healing process. Research has found that a regular practice of gratitude can change the way brain neurons fire and can create more positive patterns, encouraging the healing process of physical, psychological and grief distress. These positive emotions not only soothe distress, they can broaden thinking patterns so that a larger and more expansive view of life can develop. In addition, gratitude provides a connection to a larger universe and the belief that actions can impact change.

At Pathways, gratitude is in abundance. First, Pathways donors are valued for helping Pathways accomplish its mission and they are recognized with personal contact and public celebration. Second, they are involved in recognizing the staff that helped clients and families through tough times.

“A spouse of one of our patients came to a staff meeting to tell his story.” He wanted to thank one of the caregivers and wasn’t quite sure how to do it,” she says. “This allowed him to say thank you publicly for care given and care received.” There is also internal recognition for a job well done, she adds. “A beautiful heart-shaped pin is given to staff that receive client commendations.”

Grateful Hearts Program Description:

Grateful Hearts is a program which allows families, caregivers, and patients themselves to express their gratitude to staff who have so thoughtfully touched their lives during end of life care. Pathways contacts the families, caregivers, and/or trustees in behalf of the family, as appropriate, to schedule a presentation to the employee(s) at Pathways general staff meeting, the second Thursday of each month at 9:15 a.m. if desired.

Anyone interested in sharing a story, volunteering, or donating can contact Marsha Sesskin at 970-292-1068.

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