Today’s gratitude post shows how powerful kindness can be. We heard this story only recently – it deserves to be retold. Every act of kindness matters. “Routine” service can move patients in profound ways. We are thankful for all of the people who support and make the work of healing possible.
A little over two years ago, a young man named Justin Groves was tragically killed in a car accident. Before his death, he worked at Providence Hospital in Columbia, SC helping to transport patients from the ED to their units, from their rooms to radiology and other specialty areas, and from their rooms to the front door on the day of their discharge.
At Justin’s funeral service, friends and family members spoke of his dedication and promise, of the traits that made him uniquely “Justin,” and mourned the loss of a soul taken too soon. Towards the end of the service, other members of the assembled mourners were invited to share their sentiments. A woman then stood up and addressed Justin’s parents, telling them that he had transported her during her last hospital stay, and had then stopped by to check on her twice more during her stay. He had made such a positive impression that when she saw his picture in the paper, even though she didn’t know him well, she decided to come to his service to pay her respects. At the service, as family and friends shared stories about Justin, the patient stood up and shared the impact he had on her and informed his parents they had raised him right.
When she was finished, a nurse who also worked at the hospital stood up to share her positive feelings about Justin. It was clear that Justin’s work mattered not because of the job itself, but because he made connections, and let his humanity shine through.
Our gratitude this season to Justin and his family for his impact during his time here on earth.