To the WHOLE staff at Willamette Lutheran…

I wanted you to know how much I appreciated the love, support and care you showed to my nana, Eileen Hampton.

It was a difficult transition when she moved to Willamette Lutheran about five years ago. She loved her home and life in Jefferson, Oregon so much. But at Willamette Lutheran she found a loving, amazing community and was soon happy in her new home.

Shortly after she moved into Willamette Lutheran, I moved from Portland to Seattle. It was difficult to be further away from her and I came to visit when I could. It was always difficult to leave because I loved her so much, and never felt that I had enough time with her.

Recently, I took some time to visit her when her health took a turn for the worst. It was very hard for me to see her sick like that, and eventually to have to say good-bye to her.

But, I was so comforted to know that she was surrounded by people who cared for her, checked in on her, and helped make her life happier. In the last five years I’ve been so impressed with the work you do to help the residents feel like a part of a community, to feel valued and loved. I am so grateful for everyone who really took the time to get to know my Nana and to help her in her journey.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your support and the important work you do. Thank you for caring for my Nana and for loving her.