I couldn’t wait for retirement until it was finally here in the beginning of 2019. I bought a laser printer to be a little crafty to occupy so much of my spare time and joined FaceBook groups to help me learn. I still had a ton of time on my hands that I certainly wasn’t used to. It was then that I decided to become a Hospice Volunteer

Everyone says that they could never be a Hospice volunteer because of the inevitable, but it was one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I had ever done. Besides the beautiful connection I made with my patients, I enjoyed their loving families and when times got really tough, small acts of kindness would bring them through the worst of it. When I attended their funerals, I witnessed first hand how devastated the children could be. I remember wishing I could have given them something that could have consoled them.

And then it happened . . . while scrolling through my help groups, I saw a QR code that played a last voicemail of a mother who had passed very unexpectedly and the post told of how much solace the code brought her husband. By the time I went to sleep that night, I was obsessed with how these funny looking codes worked and how I could get videos on them, because what possibly could be more perfect for the families of Hospice patients?

Every time I gave up on figuring this venture out, I would text myself all of the articles that brought men and women to tears over gifts of memorial moments. That kept me going.

When Covid 19 hit, I couldn’t volunteer any more and a part of my family lost their pet boarding and grooming business. I asked them if they’d be interested in helping me with “Mill Creek Memories” and that’s how it was born. We all wish that your Mill Creek Memories purchase blesses you with a whisper of a memory that brings you solace or brings you incredible joy.