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StanGriffin

I’ve seen first-hand the wisdom, experience and compassion that the people at Casey House bring to that situation—the end of someone’s life. As a donor and a volunteer on the Foundation Committee for a number of years now, I can say that I truly am inspired by the staff and spirit of Casey House.

Stan Griffin, Donor, Casey House Committee Volunteer

My brother Roger passed away at Casey House in 2007, after having lived with HIV for many years.

On the last day of his life, I had spent the night sleeping in his room as it was obvious that it was near the end. I noticed in his calendar that he had a massage scheduled. I went and spoke with Diane, the massage therapist, and told her “Roger’s got an appointment for a massage with you but he’s too weak, I don’t think it will be possible.” I was planning to go home, have a shower and return. Diane said, “Before you go, let’s go check on him.” When we got to his room, she looked at me seriously and asked, “Would you like to be here when he passes? I don’t think you should go home just yet.” She knew that my brother enjoyed piano music, so she brought in a boom box with a piano recording, gave him a very gentle massage and left the two of us alone. He passed peacefully shortly after that. Somehow, she knew.

I’ve seen first-hand the wisdom, experience and compassion that the people at Casey House bring to that situation—the end of someone’s life. As a donor and a volunteer on the Foundation Committee for a number of years now, I can say that I truly am inspired by the staff and spirit of Casey House.