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Susan Weireter

Reid Hospice Helps Ease the Pain of a Young Father's Last Days

Brian Weireter died of cancer in October 2009, leaving behind a loving wife, four devoted sons and too many friends to count. Saying goodbye to this man, whose optimism and zest for life were an inspiration, was indescribably difficult for his wife, Susan. She remains thankful for the support of Reid Hospice, whose caring staff helped ease the pain.

Brian was diagnosed in January 2009 at the age of 41 with advanced cancer of the sinuses. Surgeons at Ohio State University Medical Center tried twice to remove the cancer. But in August, doctors shared the sad news with Brian and Susan that there wasn’t anything more they could do.

“By then Brian was so sick, and he wasn’t always himself. I couldn’t take care of him alone, especially at night when he would get up and be disoriented,” says Susan, whose sons are now 23, 18, 16 and 13. “But we wanted him to be home, especially because that made it easy for family and friends to visit. Brian always had a smile and hug for everyone, and touched the lives of so many people.”“

Reid Hospice made it possible for Brian to remain at home. “Having experienced nurses and health aides around us was wonderful,” Susan says. “They reassured us and guided us. We would have been lost without the special touches they provided.”

Susan says that during Brian’s last weeks, their house was always full of friends and family members who spent time with the boys, cooked meals and visited with Brian. “When he was taking his last breaths, I crawled in bed with him and asked someone to get the boys,” Susan recalls with emotion in her voice. “All four of them kneeled down by the bed, and Brian died.”

Susan says that after Brian’s death, the hospice staff was just as supportive, even coming to his memorial service. “During the last few months of Brian’s life, my sons and I were able to really see what family is all about.” Susan says. “We still think of the Reid hospice team as part of our family.”




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