Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hospice Veteran Gets Last Wish Granted (Video 3:29 mins.)

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. Anonymous

During this season of giving, honoring wishes of veterans is especially important. However, the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in Florida cares all year long about hospice veterans and their last wishes. They have created the Bay Pines VA Medical Center Make-A-Wish program primarily to grant last wishes of hospice veterans who have no close family or friends. Since 2002, they have helped over a hundred hospice veterans realize dreams.

Christopher Glenn, a hospice Navy veteran, wished longingly to take a plane flight over his hometown. As time went on and his terminal illness progressed, he had given up hope of ever having his wish come true. But Stuart Sidell, recreation therapist at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, had other ideas. He decided to make Christopher’s dream a reality and even had him serve as plane pilot.

This video report from “The American Veteran” captures the wonderful results that this thoughtful act of consideration accomplished in enhancing the quality of Christopher’s life. Two weeks later, he died with his last wish fulfilled.


During this holiday season and throughout the new year, be love(d).

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.



  1. Wow!! What a great post and blog. You point is taken and seen clearly. Our senior population is such a cherished and valued resource. Imagine what we could learn from them if only we took the time to listen to the lessons that they can teach us.

    I am a veteran and fully understand the sacrifices that they free offer. Of any of our popluations our veterans should hold a special place in our hearts and communities.

    Thanks for writing this blog and please feel free to view my blog whereas I touch upon how our seniors are truly treated in our nursing homes.

    Boorai -

  2. BooRai, thanks for commenting. I agree with what you said. I will visit your blog.

    Since you are a veteran, you might also like this post that includes another video
    about veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).