Cynthia Howe was a client of The Hand to Heart Project before she was a member of the board of directors. And she almost wasn’t a client.
Touch at the End of Life
Some years ago, I was trying to explain to my grandmother what I do for work. She knew that I was a massage therapist, but knew little about The Hand to Heart Project. So I told her about providing massage and the comfort of touch to people who are sick, in many cases people who …
Poetry, and the Tree of Life
Some years ago, I recited a poem/blessing called “Beannacht” to a client who was going through an especially difficult part of her cancer experience. It was written by the late Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, and it is, in part, a gently powerful summation of how the physical, emotional and spiritual pain of life’s …
Soul of a Caregiver
When you work closely with people who are very ill, often people nearing the end of life, you will sometimes see the human spirit at its most amazing.