Our House Director, Wendy Carson, shares her day to day experience of working at Ronald McDonald House through her blog, ‘Wendy’s Words.’
“I have the privilege today to be attending the funeral and celebrating the life of a young lady whose family stayed with us at Mac House many times during the past few years.
People may ask why is this a privilege is it not a duty, or a way of showing respect or supporting a grieving family? Well yes, it is all of those things. For me though, it is a privilege to be able to work in an environment that supports families during what is the most traumatic time of their lives. Having a sick child is quite simply every parent’s worst fear. Losing a child is every families nightmare. Being part of that journey with a family is a privilege, not one that is always enjoyed, but one that is undertaken with as much compassion, empathy and respect that I am able to afford.
I attended another funeral last month, where a family has not only lost their baby, but their jobs and their home in the months prior to his death. Watching that child be buried, never having really known another home, it occurred to me that everything that baby owned had been supplied via Mac House. Families tell us without Mac House they don’t know what they would do – no one has been able to answer that one yet.