Frankfort hospice staff holds special memorial for co-worker

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - At a hospice, the staff is forced to handle death regularly explained Dora Hall, Director at the Hospice of the Bluegrass in Frankfort, "But when it's the death of someone that you work with, it's a little different and it can be overwhelming."

In September, the staff felt that pain when they learned one of their own nurses, Marie Garmon, was killed in a head-on crash in Anderson County. Garmon's van was hit by a dump truck on Highway 62.

On Wednesday, the staff continued towards their healing with a special memorial.

"My staff, it's been very difficult for them over the past couple of months and it's hard," said Hall.

The group honored Garmon by wearing pink and green ribbons, the color of her favorite flip-flops, they planted a tree and unveiled a plaque in her memory just outside their facility in their memorial garden.

The garden has a special meaning to the staff because along the walkway are many of the names of their patients who have passed away, some were even Garmon's patients, and now her name joins the same garden.

Hall said it allows the staff to find peace and, "to give us a way of sitting and reflect and see her picture and her favorite saying."

The saying reads, "Every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart."

Hall explained that it came from a poem they found in Garmon's desk, and it was something she used to help comfort families coping with the loss of a loved one. Now, the words hold even more truth for the hospice staff.

"It's about moving on and when I'm not here I want you to smile, and I believe that she truly believed that," said the director.

The group finally found their smile, as they released paper lanterns with messages written to their friend.

"It's just a very beautiful thing," Hall described.

By the end of the memorial, the co-workers even found time to laugh and remember that their friend will always be loved. Hall said it was a great sight to see after months of coping with sadness and pain.

After Garmon's death, many people have called for the speed limit to be reduced along that stretch of Highway 62. They even delivered a petition to the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

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