Have you ever considered the ripple effects of your actions? How one act can change the trajectory of life for you and others? A Haven patient recently shared his story with the staff that was caring for him. His life story reiterates how the action of one individual changes the life of others.
Haven patient Sean Kannaly, Sr., shared his story while being cared for at a Haven Hospice care center. A true public servant, Mr. Kannaly saved countless lives during and after his more than 30-year career as a first responder. He served as a police officer, a detective, an emergency medical technician, fire chief and a first responder instructor in cities across Florida and in the Bahamas. He was struggling with a loss of purpose. Haven helped him reflect on a life well lived and honored him with a firefighter recognition ceremony. Before passing peacefully, surrounded by people that cared for him, Mr. Kannaly shared a letter he had written to the Haven staff:
Mr. Kannaly at his firefighter recognition ceremony.
“To all the wonderful staff at this care center: I’ve been through things that no one should go through in life. Acknowledging and accepting my past may be difficult but your help, your words and the love that shines through here is amazing. From my view, this is a well-oiled machine that grows daily, and being a part of it is an honor. Years from now, you will realize just how special all of you are. I hope all of you feel appreciated: YOU ARE! Love, and all the love that is received, cannot be measured. God bless all of y’all.”
Haven is thankful for the many lives Mr. Kannaly touched during his life of service and grateful our staff were able to care for him at the end of his life.
This holiday season, as you reflect on the effect you and your loved ones have had on others, please consider making a special one-time gift to the Light Up a Life annual program. Your gift will ensure that patients like Mr. Kannaly are able to receive comfort, care and support when it is most needed. As a token of appreciation for your gift of $100 or more, you will receive a special 2023 Light up a Life keepsake ornament.
Please consider writing a personal inscription on the enclosed paper candle tag and return it to Haven to hang on a holiday tree in honor or memory of your loved one or a caregiver. We will place the candle on the tree in the care center of your choice. Best wishes this holiday season and remember, your action can make a difference in the lives of others.