A dying man’s last wish was to see the forest one last time, and thankfully, the hospice facility that granted him that wish caught the moment in a beautiful picture.
Ed, a former forest ranger, was unable to go outside for several years while living in an adult family home. Ed reportedly told Washington's Evergreen Health Hospice chaplain Curt Huber that his last wish was to see the forest again, so Huber decided he had to make it happen.
“When Curt learned of Ed’s wish, he brought it to the attention of the Hospice team, one of whom suggested getting in touch with a local fire department that might agree to transport Ed for this final visit to the outdoors,” wrote the hospice facility in a Facebook post. “Curt contacted the Snohomish County Fire District in Edmonds, whose staff was happy to help. In March, Curt and the RN Case Manager, Leigh Gardner, accompanied Ed and several members of the Snohomish County Fire District on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds. Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle; other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck. Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the fragrant growth and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.”
Luckily, the hospice center was able to capture Ed’s reaction in a photograph posted to Facebook, and they say that the dying man was extremely happy to be where he loved before he died.
“Ed was delighted,” said the hospice center in their Facebook post. “So were all the professionals who accompanied him.”
Since being posted on Facebook, the picture of Ed in the forest has garnered over 35,000 likes and has been shared over 9,000 times.