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Nomination Letters – Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center

Lynette Matthews

During my family’s most difficult time, when our mother was close to the end, one nurse understood. Lynette took the time to explain what our mother’s symptoms meant and explained that people close to the end understand and hear everything we say but are not able to communicate and show it. She encouraged us to spend time with our mother, to tell her how much we loved her. She explained that most people at that stage require our permission to pass. Lynette has such a kind soul and wonderful bedside manner. It is because of Lynette that we knew what to expect and what we needed to do—and fast: bring our priest to bless her. Most memorable to all of us in the family, we had enough time to gather around my mother and say goodbye. There are no words to express how difficult it was to watch our mother during her last moments. Without Lynette, we would have missed the opportunity to be with her during her last hours. Lynette held our hand when we were so desperate. We will never forget, and we are forever grateful.

—Nominated by Christina Deligiannidou

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