Loring Hock and Kathy Kablik
New Husband and Hospice Patient
"Loring and Kathy’s story also demonstrates how each and every moment of life is sacred and should be enjoyed to the fullest."
Bride and Groom Demonstrate That Hospice Is About How You Live
“…to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part…” These words took on an even deeper meaning than the wedding vows they are when recited at the wedding of Loring Hock and Kathy Kablik on July 30, 2010.
After dating more than six years, Loring and Kathy decided to exchange vows. Loring was in the final stages of liver cancer, so his hospice team pitched in for a wedding that celebrated the couple and expressed the organization’s motto, “It’s About How You Live”
Loring was receiving hospice services from MidMichigan Home Care. The organization’s spiritual care coordinator, Reverend Chris Lauckner, performed the ceremony at Loring’s bedside in his home, with friends and family in attendance. Lauckner said, “It is a sacred moment, but every moment is sacred.” The circumstances of this wedding made that concept evident.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization national motto, “Hospice: It’s About How You Live,” is an effort to educate the public about the life-quality focus of hospices around the world. While people utilize the services of hospices to make their death from a terminal illness more comfortable, the greater focus of hospice has always been that of empowering patients to live life to the fullest – even at the end of life. The ceremony performed for MidMichigan Home Care’s hospice patient fulfilled this principle.
Reverend Lauckner officiated the ceremony, Home Health Aide Kathy Kemp made and delivered the wedding cake and Social Worker Pam LeMoine picked up and delivered Loring’s boutonnière, which was donated by LaPelle’s florists. Loring’s hospice nurse, Joy Lance was also there to share in the celebration.
The couple held hands and looked into each other’s eyes as Lauckner spoke and sang a blessing. The moment was equally tragic and beautiful as this couple in love celebrated together with complete awareness that Loring would most likely pass away only days later.
During the ceremony, Lauckner said that the moment of exchanging vows is sacred. Loring and Kathy’s story also demonstrates how each and every moment of life is sacred and should be enjoyed to the fullest.
For more information about services available through MidMichigan Home Care, or to schedule and in-home assessment, please contact MidMichigan Home Care at (989) 633-1400 or toll-free at (800) 852-9350 or visit www.midmichigan.org/homecare.