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Medicine Nurses receive gracious gift

Family of former patients honour nurses with handmade dream catcher

 On Tuesday, May 13, the Medicine Unit of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre celebrated a generous donation of a handmade, four foot dream catcher.

This beautiful piece of art was gifted to the unit by Richard Nokohoo and his family to thank the Medicine nurses for the wonderful, compassionate work they do. Richard and his family have had two family members pass away on the unit and were extremely grateful for the support and assistance they received from the nurses.

Richard is quick to point out that the reason why this donation is so important is because of the quality care that his family members’ have received on the Medical Unit. “I call them my Third Floor Angels.” He goes on to say that, “I’ve been thinking about a way to say thank you for a very long time and the dream catcher is one way I can say how much it meant to me and my family that they were there for us, and became like family to us when we were dealing with some hard times.” 

Historically, traditional dream catchers were intended to protect sleeping people from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the holes in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expires when the first rays of the sun struck them (see: dream-catchers.org).

To honour all nurses during Nurse Appreciation Week, Richard handcrafted the dream catcher, using detailed bead work and incorporating a variety of natural elements such as horse hair and an eagle feather blessed by an Elder. 

He says that the dream catcher represents the “circle of life” and allows positive dreams to shine through, inspiring those around it to dream big as it protects against negative dreams.

Richard says nurses are truly exceptional people, who are often the last people to see loved ones before they leave this world. 

“I can’t thank these nurses on the Third Floor (Medicine) enough for what they’ve done for me and my family.”

The nurses on Medicine play a significant role in health care, working to improve quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families. 

Thank you to Richard and his family for this wonderful gift, which demonstrates true appreciation for the nurses in our community. 
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