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Hospice Grants Forest Ranger's Dying Wish: See Nature One Last Time

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Evergreen Hospice Volunteers

A hospice outside Seattle has made one old forest ranger’s dying wish come true.

In a post Evergreen Hospice shared on its Facebook page, a man known only as Ed expressed one last hope to the hospice chaplain: He wanted to commune with nature one more time.

According to Chaplain Curt Huber, Ed had worked as a forest ranger, and he missed the outdoors in his old age.

With the help of the Snohomish County Fire District, the chaplain organized a final trip for Ed in March – a visit to see the trees of nearby Meadowdale Beach Park.

It was, they said, Ed’s first trip outside in years.

To help him get the full nature experience, the volunteers even ran their hands through the park’s plant life so Ed could smell the forest. According to them, he loved it.

As the hospice wrote on its Facebook page, “People sometimes think that working in hospice care is depressing. This story … demonstrates the depths of the rewards that caring for the dying can bring.”

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