Hinduism, the oldest known religion, is the majority religion in India and Nepal. There are around one billion Hindus in the world and 1.8 million in the U.S. This religion is monotheistic (belief in one God), and God, known as Brahman, is the foundation of the universe. Brahman is infinite, formless, personal and loving. Brahman is manifested in many different forms, and Hindus choose which god or goddess to worship, so there are thousands of gods and goddesses, and each represents a characteristic of Brahman.
Beth Huliska is not only a social worker at Crossroads Hospice, but a few years ago she was approached to join another team — a collaboration among many hospices working on a very special project in Missouri that would prepare life-sentence-serving prisoners to provide hospice for each other.
Crossroads Hospice is extremely proud to be a part of an incredible and inspiring effort to bring hospice education to reformed inmates serving life sentences in correctional facilities.
Bringing Hospice to Prisons is a three-part blog series that will serve to highlight some of the personal stories of those involved in the program through different lenses.
Spring Lea Farm: even the name sounds idyllic.
For Jerry Stolle, Spring Lea Farm is home, where he spent boyhood days filled with fishing, shooting potato guns, and sweating under the hot summer sun bailing hay. With his dogs Bandit, Bo, and Bear, Jerry and his friends made use of the farm as a 175-acre adventureland, camping, boating on Stolle Lake, and having campfires complete with stories and roasted marshmallows.
Robert was living in a nursing facility following a series of strokes. As his dementia advanced and his health deteriorated, his family chose to begin hospice care. While Robert was always cheerful, his ability to self-feed and to speak slipped away. His day-day-care became more rigorous; and the added skilled hands of his hospice team were welcomed by his facility.