Reaching out to Sharon for help was hard. I was worried she might think my questions were weird.

I can say without hesitation that Sharon let me know right away that everything I was thinking was perfectly normal for someone caring for a dying family member.

Sharon LISTENED. She asked questions of her own. Then she offered options that helped me decide how to proceed. Her vast wealth of knowledge on the death process was always shared in the most caring way. Sharon gave me the confidence I needed to provide the best care for my loved one.

Now that my family member has passed, I can look back on those years with a sense of healthy closure because I know without a shadow of a doubt my loved one died peacefully and with dignity.

The companionship and support I received from Sharon was priceless.

~ Patricia S. Buxton, Ed.D.


“Grace of an Angel”
As a mother of a child with the disease of addiction and depression, I was literally lost as I stood beside my daughter’s hospital bed.  I could not think, I could not speak. All I could do was hold my dying baby’s hand and cry.

I reached out to my long time best friend Sharon, who came to my side and stayed with me the entire time.

At first, all Sharon did was gently hold by daughter’s other hand and look upon her in the most loving way. I remember she started softly adjusting the bed sheets and blankets. At some point, I don’t know exactly when, Sharon gave me a hug. This small gesture unleashed a flood of emotions; I literally sobbed uncontrollably on her shoulder while pouring out my heart and soul. I told her my little girl was dying and I didn’t know what to do.

And that was all I needed to say! With the grace of an angel, Sharon started asking the medical staff and organ donor team questions. Eerily, they were the same questions I had but was unable to formulate into words. Sharon’s medical knowledge helped me understand what the doctors and nurses where doing and why they were doing it.

Writing this testimonial on the darkest and most confusing time of my life was not as hard as one might think. You see, I am forever grateful that Sharon was at my side the day my daughter was taken off life support and allowed to die a peaceful death.

Sharon I love you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

~ Hilda Kapral


“I needed guidance”

The day my mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia was not a good day because I knew what the future would bring; I had gone through it eight years earlier with my Dad, who eventually succumbed to brain cancer. But, just as with my father, I was determined to keep my mother in the family home where she raised five children and spent the past 60 years of her life. At first, life was only slightly different. Home health aides maintained my moms quality of life and she was happy. It wasn’t until the last 6 months that things went down hill fast. My mom, the most gentle and docile women on the planet became increasingly aggressive, lashing out at the home health aids. She stopped eating and was no longer able to care for herself. At one point it got so bad that I needed place my mother in a nursing home so doctors could stabilize her medication.  

We waited too long with my Dad to get help and I didn’t want to do this again, so while at the nursing home I got in touch with Sharon. I needed guidance because I wanted to make sure there was someone with my mom to decrease her confusion and support her personal needs. Sharon not only helped make this happen, but she helped me better understand how skilled care facilities worked and the purpose of the “care meeting.” Most importantly, Sharon helped me understand the value of palliative and hospice services so that I could go into the care meeting with a plan to transfer my mom, as quickly as possible, from the nursing facility back home. With support of Sharon and the hospice care team, my mom was able to pass away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

I wholeheartedly thank Sharon for her understanding and deeply appreciate her guidance when my family was struggling with decisions for care of our mother. 

John S. Buxton