Sally Woodward // Hospice

Bob and Sally Woodward are household names in Cambridge City where they raised four children and later enjoyed time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the same country home.

Several years ago, Bob sold his Knightstown business, where he made ambulances and fire trucks, and chose the semi-retired life of truck driving.  His father owned a trucking business, and as a child, he enjoyed traveling with him, riding in the huge steering wheel. Of course, this was prior to car seats.  From that time, driving became his hobby and enjoyment – from family road trips to racecars.

Two years ago, however, Bob learned he had a rare form of liver cancer.  The doctors recommended he not pursue treatment due to the type and progression of the disease.

When the doctor recognized Bob was growing weak, he recommended Reid Hospice.  “I had heard about hospice,” said Sally, “but I had no idea what all they did.”

In the beginning, the hospice team managed pain and answered questions.  The chaplain visited and, at times, brought medications.  Later, their role grew.

“From the first day they came, I felt like they were taking care of him, but they were also taking care of me.”

“I just don’t think I could have handled it by myself.  They were always gracious,” Sally said.  “Anytime I called, there was a cheerful voice on the phone.”

They soon became attached to the hospice nurses, affectionately identified as “their girls”.  Eventually, Bob realized he could no longer sit in his chair, and asked Sally to call for help.  Virginia Weilenman, one of “his girls,” came right away to help him into the bed that hospice had already delivered to be used when needed.

“We knew if we really needed them, they would be right here,” said Sally.  “They were all so kind.  There are not really words to explain how you feel about them.”

After six months of hospice care, Bob passed away in his home with his wife of more than 57 years and all four children by his side.

A few months later, Sally and her family were invited to a special Reid Hospice memorial service, where names were read of those who had recently passed away.  She and her family were extremely grateful for the opportunity to remember Bob and an opportunity to again thank his caregivers.  “There was just something special there,” she said.

“I’m just very, very thankful,” said Sally.  “They really cared.”

The Hospice Fund provides important care for families dealing with the death of a loved one.  This care includes clinical and spiritual support.  It is part of our mission to support “Wholeness – in body, mind and spirit.”