The Snowman
by Thomas Scharzgruber

Reflection

I accompanied my G.P. Attachment doctor to see an elderly lady. We visited her at home as she is a terminally-ill patient and cannot leave the house anymore. She was going to die shortly and only receives palliative care.

There had been a heavy snowfall on this particular day and whilst chatting with her she told me that she loved to build snowmen when she was young and that it would really make her happy to go and build the last snowman in her life on that day - obviously that was not possible anymore.

When we left her I had an idea - I built a snowman in my G.P.'s garden, took a photo with my camera, printed it and brought it to this lady the following day. She was so happy she had tears in her eyes - she could not build a snowman anymore but I did it for her.

I do not know if this lady is still alive but it was a good feeling to bring some joy to her life again.

Whole Person Care 

Comments

Tess Hardwick

19 March 2012 - 11:25:01
"This photo made me consider all the ways old age can restrict you from enjoying things you would have enjoyed earlier in life. Thought it was a really nice idea."

Catherine Baldwin

19 December 2012 - 18:30:23
"I love how this photo shows the importance of remembering the small things are important to patients, and that these can have a massive impact on the life and well-being of a patients."

Freya F-B

28 October 2017 - 20:07:22
"Despite such a difficult situation, this photo embodies the positivity of patients even when facing death. The simplicity of the photo is wonderful and when coupled with the reflection, shows how such simple things that we do can have a huge positive impact for a patient. Although it isn't said explicitly, this artwork reminds me of support and the happiness that it can cause."

Freya F-B

28 October 2017 - 20:08:03
"Despite the difficulties, this photo embodies the positivity of patients even when facing death. The simplicity of the photo is wonderful and, when coupled with the reflection, shows how such simple things can have a huge positive impact on a patient. Although not said explicitly, this photo reminds me of support and how it can bring hope and/or happiness to those that really need it."

michelle varghese

02 November 2019 - 23:09:32
"This picture provides insight to just how much an illness affects a persons life, making them unable to do even the simplest of actions. The lady simply wanted to build a snowman, but has become incapable of doing even that. it also shows to what extent small thoughtful actions can have on peoples lives."