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The Purple Book

The Sanctity of Life and the Sacredness of Death: A Journey of Putting Pioneer Values into Practice
by Rev. Julie Berndt

Values in practice are at the heart of the work of caring for elders. If you talk with staff involved in long term care for decades, time and time again the discussion returns to the power of the relationships that were built: resident with staff, staff with family, resident with resident and staff with staff.

What is remembered over the years are the stories of these relationships; stories that bring laughter, stories which bring tears because life in a nursing home or community where elders live is all about relationships. Quality care, as well as quality living, happens when people are connected to one another.

"I know that how you remember and take care of my neighbors is how you will remember and take care of me."
— Edith Keller, age 93