Being a hospice Massage therapist, my focus is on the patient and alleviating their pain and bringing them comfort. I was aware of the family members and caregivers and interacted with them as well. When my dear brother Taz came onto service in September of 2010, a whole new journey began for me as I was now a caregiver. My involvement with the whole process now became 24/7. What my brother blessed me with was giving me the gift of caring for him AND understanding the role a caregiver takes on, emotions and all. I had always been thoughtful and caring of the caregivers but I now embrace them with a greater awareness of their pain, the grief, and their overwhelming stress. The morning I acknowledged this beautiful gift, I arrived at a patient’s home and when the door opened I found a sobbing and overwhelmed spouse who needed some tlc. The patient could wait a few minutes. This spouse SO needed someone to listen and to just be there for them…..My brother has recently ended his earthly journey and I have a new found appreciation for all those caring for their loved ones. Thank you so much brother for this amazing gift.