Letter: Daughter thanks those who provided care

To the Editor:

I'd like to publicly thank some very special people who were part of my father, David Kilgus', life since he moved to Vermont six years ago from Hilton Head Island after my mother's death. Dad's experience here started with the kind staff at the Equinox Village, who welcomed him to Vermont and made him feel at home. It ended with Bayada Hospice, who made it possible for him to die comfortably at home.

Being part of a Christian community was always important to my father and he found a friend and wonderful pastor in Reverend Dr. James Gray of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert.

In between my father's arrival to Vermont and his death, he was blessed with the most wonderful caregivers anyone could imagine. He received his primary care from the VA Clinic in Bennington: Carol Salazar, Terry Weaber and Rose Marie Thrane (his special nurse), thank you for caring so much about him and for him. He spent several weeks at the Vermont Veterans' Home for rehab; his care team was fabulous. They got him back on his feet and home.

Then there is At Home Senior Care; words cannot express what you meant to him and to me. I could never have worked full time and had dad at home without your reliable, professional, and loving care. Thank you Melissa Morrison for running such an amazing company, we all know a company's culture is created at the top. Jennifer Harrington, you are an unbelievably hard working, caring and intelligent RN. You made dad's care happen seamlessly. Sage Guile, you brought joy and fun to dad's life in a way that no one else could have. You meant the world to him. Every one of the caregivers from "At Home" were so important to us. They were professional, kind and gentle. I wish I could list each one of your names here because you deserve the recognition and I am truly grateful.

Everyone is invited to join Reverend Gray and my family at our house on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. for an informal memorial service. Casual dress and no long faces.

Stacey K. Whitten



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