Visiting Nurse Association



Berri's  Goodbye

March 2005 - After a long battle with cancer, Marci’s parents brought her to Hospice House. Everything that could be done for Marci had been done. A family friend, however, could not stop thinking about how much Marci loved her horse, Berri, and asked the Hospice House staff is she could bring Berri to visit Marci. Although it was an unusual request, the staff agreed. On a cold March afternoon, a horse trailer pulled up to trailer Hospice House and Berri was led to the patio outside Marci’s room. Staff moved Marci, covered in a mound of beautiful quilts, to the French doors to see her beloved horse. With the windows open and the wind blowing into the room, Marci opened her eyes and with her mother’s help, lifted her hand to touch Berri and said goodbye. Marci died peacefully later that day. Thanks to the loving care of the Hospice House staff, Marci was able to say goodbye to all of her loved ones, including her beautiful Arabian horse, Berri.


St. Luke’s Hospice has been providing compassionate end-of-life care, bereavement care and counseling for patients and their families since 1986.