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A Story from EveryStep Hospice: Clive Elliott

"You can help him go by telling him, 'It's alright if you have to go for a while. I will still be here.'" This was one of the wisest things that Clive Elliott had ever heard, spoken to him by the hospice care nurses from EveryStep Hospice who were taking care of his partner, Daniel, when he was dying. Clive's heart slowly broke as he saw Daniel lose his health. He had been with Daniel every step of the way, never leaving his side until one day his friend, Lisa, invited Clive out for coffee. Clive, riddled with guilt at the thought of leaving Daniel alone, almost declined Lisa's offer. But Daniel's hospice care nurses insisted he go and they stayed with Daniel. Before Clive left, he whispered the words that the hospice care nurses advised him to say. By the time Clive arrived home again, Daniel had passed away.

A Story from Our Hospice Houses: The Govi Family

The EveryStep team supports patients, clients and their families and helps them find quality of life during their time of need. That's exactly what the organization did for the Govi family at the end of 2017. Gary R. Govi, who suffered from anemia and Parkinson's disease, spent the last few months of his life at the Kavanagh House on 56th Street, where he made quite the impression on staff. Gary's daughter Debra "Debbie" Richards, credits the EveryStep team with making her father's final days as comfortable as possible. "He wouldn't have gotten the care and the love that he needed, and we wouldn't have gotten that time together. I am thankful for them each and every day."

A Story from our Nurse Family Partnership: Hay Mar Nyein Chan

The transition to motherhood was sometimes difficult for Hay Mar Nyein Chan. As an immigrant from Myanmar, Chan and her husband didn't have many resources when it came to navigating their new roles as parents. That's where EveryStep came in. Through the organization's Nurse-Family Partnership program and dedicated nurse Carrie Miller, Chan applied for health insurance and learned about the pregnancy and birthing processes.

A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Haydyn Howland

Haydyn Howland was destined to be a big brother, and after eight years of waiting, the caring and nurturing boy's dream came true with the birth of his little sister Adrianna. Haydyn immediately embraced his brotherly duties - changing all of his new sister's diapers and making sure she was taken care of. Forty-four days after Adrianna's birth something happened that Haydyn couldn't control: His beloved little sister died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Having a difficult time coping with his loss, Haydyn's grandmother suggested he attend EveryStep's Amanda the Panda grief support group.