A Daughter’s Letter to Sr. Sheila
Over the past months we have shared with you the procedures and protocols we have put in place since the threat of the pandemic became clearer. We have also shared with you the stories of the dedicated folks here at Queen of Peace, both Sisters and Staff alike , who have seamlessly implemented these procedures and protocols to keep the COVID-19 virus out of our Home and keep our Residents safe.
The Sisters are, as you know, very humble as they carry out their Mission. As you can imagine, they do receive many letters of gratitude and thanks from family and friends of our Residents, who truly appreciate the care received by their loved ones and the high quality of life they enjoy at Queen of Peace. Recently, these types of letters have recognized the accomplishment of keeping the COVID-19 virus out of our Home, especially when numerous stories have been published about the sad plight of many residents living in New York nursing homes infected by the virus.
We thought we would share some portions of a letter recently received by a loving daughter of one of our dear Residents, which recognized our response to the pandemic. The letter states in pertinent part:
Dear Sister Sheila:
“…Firstly let me thank you, Mary and the other dedicated staff members for all of your unending hard work during the pandemic. I do understand to some degree the very difficult job you have. I have had the opportunity to speak with and thank Sr. Mary Alka and Sr. Marie Catherine for their never-ending care of my Mom and all the Residents.”
“When I speak with my very dear friend who happens to be an RN and in charge of Emergency Services at Elmhurst Hospital, she is always impressed at how you all responded to this overwhelming problem. She truly believes that you need to write a paper on how to handle a pandemic. So put that on your long list of things to do….Truly you are the poster children of how to do this.”
“…Thank you again for all your hard work, it is truly appreciated. May God bless you all. You are always in my prayers.”
As we continue to deal with the pandemic, we are confident that with your continued prayers and support, we will be able to continue to keep our dear Residents safe and care for them with the dignity and respect they so deserve.