Passages Hospice Foundation Reunites Military Family

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When the Navy separated her family for more than 10 years, the Passages Hospice Charitable Foundation recently reunited Towanda and Chief Petty Officer Latrina Foster back together for one final visit.

When a family was separated by duty to the country, Passages Hospice recently reunited them by love. Almost as quickly as she met her grandson, Towanda said goodbye to him as he and his family were transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina with the U.S. Navy. As a hospice patient at Swansea Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Towanda wasn’t able to travel. Her daughter Latrina is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, and her duty assignments have taken her far from home.

As a result, Towanda hadn’t seen her grandson in over ten years. Time only makes the heart grow fonder, though, and Towanda was determined to see her grandson again. Towanda’s care staff from Passages Hospice knew they wanted to help reunite the family, and that Passages had just the program to make it happen. The Passages Hospice Dream Program helps grant wishes like Towanda’s and improve the quality of life for Passages patients. Just days after Towanda’s caregivers requested funding, they were able to purchase two round-trip flights from North Carolina.

Towanda’s daughter and grandson flew into Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and were joined by other family members in the area. They immediately went to visit Towanda and had a quiet but joyful reunion. Shortly after her family arrived, Towanda passed away. United Airlines waived all ticket-change fees so that Towanda’s daughter and grandson were able to remain with their family and make Towanda’s final arrangements. Towanda’s daughter Latrina says she will always be grateful to Passages for bringing her family together one last time.

Passages Hospice was especially proud to be able to assist Towanda’s family because of their dedication to serving the country. “It was very important to bring this family together to create fond memories…since the miles have separated them for so many years,” Admissions Coordinator Lisa Goessling said.

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