A path of remembrance
SLAYTON -- Hospice of Murray County is celebrating 25 years of service with an open house and volunteer appreciation day from 1 to 3 p.m. June 24 at Our House, 36 Park Drive, Slayton.
During the celebration, guests will be invited to view the Memorial Walkway -- a path that wanders through the lawn to a beautiful gazebo.
Lining the path are etched bricks, engraved with the names of those who have died. The walkway serves as a peaceful area for patients, families and friends to reflect, visit or just sit.
According to Hospice of Murray County Administrator Nona Magnussen, there are about 40 etched pavers along the path so far, and as more are purchased, names will be added during the summer months.
The bricks are available to purchase for $150, which includes four lines of printing, up to 13 characters per line.
"We wanted to do something out on the lawn," Magnussen said. "It is so nice out there -- so peaceful. We thought it would be a good memory for folks."
The names etched on the stones do not have to be hospice patients, she said. Some of the bricks have been purchased by groups such as the Iron Horse Club of Southwest Minnesota.
The gazebo was built last fall, and the first names added this spring. More will be laid in the fall, Magnussen said.
"We can make another row if we want to, and maybe put up another gazebo and path," she said.
The path and gazebo are handicap-accessible, with poured concrete in the center, as opposed to the use of pavers. Wheelchairs and even walkers can run into issues trying to traverse a cobbled path, Magnussen said, and they were trying to make it as accessible as possible.
Hospice of Murray County helps the terminally ill and their loved ones.
The facility can house up to four individuals, providing care for those who don't have a caregiver at home.
Out-patient services are also provided for approximately 10 people at present. Hospice provides nursing service, social workers, home health aides, volunteers, spiritual care, bereavement support, equipment, supplies and medication.
"Our social worker has a bereavement group, and using the walkway has been part of the sessions," Magnussen said.
Hospice of Murray County is a non-profit, community-based, free-standing organization.
Anyone interested in purchasing an etched brick can contact Hospice of Murray County at (507)-836-8114.