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Hospice Team Helps Patient Get His Heart’s Desire to Attend Grandson’s Wedding

Heartland Hospice serving St. Cloud, Brainerd and Surrounding Areas patient, Steve Szech, had one wish during his final stages of life…to see his grandson’s wedding. His grandson, Joshua, and fiancé, Eden, were beginning to plan their wedding, but when Steve’s health began to decline, Joshua wanted nothing more than to make sure his grandfather was able to be there for the big day. The Heartland Hospice team immediately helped Joshua and Eden plan their wedding to fulfill both Steve and Joshua’s Heart’s Desire.

The hospice team reached out to the team at CentraCare - Long Prairie Meadow Place where Steve resides to let them know about their plans. Both teams worked together to create a very special and memorable day for Steve, Joshua, Eden and their closest loved ones. Pamela Nickel, Heartland Hospice spiritual care coordinator, wrote a special ceremony for the happy couple. The day was tearful for everyone in attendance, but also full of laughter as they enjoyed each other’s company and final moments with Steve. Joshua was especially tearful because of his incredibly close relationship with his grandfather.

“Now I have a granddaughter, and she is so beautiful,” Steve said with excitement. It meant so much to him to be able to celebrate his grandson’s marriage and spend time with his loved ones. Pamela was grateful to be part of this special day and shared, “It is always an honor to preside at weddings, but this one has a special meaning because not only was it for Steve, but it was also for his grandson who cared so deeply for his grandfather. It was so fun and times like this make my job meaningful. It filled up my cup!”

Steve passed away several days after the wedding, but Joshua, Eden and their families have a special moment to look back on and fondly remember Steve and their time with him.