Life Journals: Helping Patients Leave a Legacy
“Everyone has a story to tell,” says Linda Powell. “And it’s an absolute pleasure for me to help them tell it.”
Linda Powell just joined the Crossroads volunteer team in March, but she has always been passionate about helping others. She began volunteering at hospitals near her homes—her husband’s job forced the family to relocate often—while she was a stay-at-home mom. When the Powells settled in the Kansas City area, Linda went back to work as an accountant for the City of Lenexa where she also served as a member of their United Way committee. However, when she recently retired, she knew she wanted to start a new volunteer position.
After considering several options, Linda chose Crossroads when she learned about our Life Journal program, which tapped into her love of writing and her passion for legacy. Crossroads volunteer coordinator Veronica Evans says, “I’m reminded daily of the importance of giving of yourself to serve others. Linda lives that and we are very lucky to have her on our volunteer team.”
Linda works with patients to highlight their lives through stories about heritage, gratitude and family. Our patients give these journals to their families as a gift and a reminder of their own histories.
Families treasure these precious gifts. Linda recently delivered one to Loretta Allam, daughter of Jennie Roseberry. Loretta was overwhelmed by the care Linda had taken with it. “Thank you is such a small thing to say for a cherished memory you have given to us,” she exclaimed. “The book is almost beyond words! It’s so well-written … and the extra pictures are perfect.”