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Crocheting is my connection to Hospice Nursing
Created By: Debi Sokol

For 20 years of hospital nursing, I dreamed of being a hospice nurse. This was a personal calling from my Savior, helping patients and families move through the dying process together. At the beginning of my nursing career, as young mother and wife, I crocheted afghans, baby blankets, etc.. As the kids grew and nursing became more specialized, my projects grew smaller to clothe family and friends babies. Baby sweaters were my favorite project and soon included newborn/preemie hats and clothing for our local children's hospital.

Through all these years, crocheting was a passion that comforted me physically and emotionally. I carried projects with me most everywhere I would have to sit for any length of time. Busy hands......

My dream of hospice nursing came true some 13 years ago and was all that nursing could be for me. It filled my professional/service heart up completely. My off time included crocheting, creating Ukrainian Easter Eggs and raising canaries with my husband. But chronic health problems closed the hospice door after 6 years and depression prevented even the joy of crocheting for over a year. But, as one door is closed another opens!

A perinatal hospice, which serves families whose babies die before or after birth, opened in my town.

Depression lifted as I began making blankets to comfort parents. The joy of crocheting returned as crocheting layettes for Alexandra's House filled that hole left when nursing was no longer possible.

Each layette has a girls gown/boys outfit, bonnet/cap, booties and a blanket with ribbon ties. One gown pattern is only 20 rows long with baby yarn and a B hook. I concentrate on clothes to fit 1-3 pounds, because newborn sizes are available in stores. Alexandra's House tells me that many parents bury their baby in the blanket and save the clothes as a memory.

In many ways, crocheting has saved my life as it allows me to serve a group of people often forgotten. It feels like hospice nursing. My dream is still coming true in His name.

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