Willa Creager is proud of her Irish heritage. So much so that as her Mercy Wish during her hospice care, her nurse suggested a surprise trip to O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Weston, Missouri.
Wade Pellett, RN, had learned that Willa loved everything about her native homeland. He and the team of Mercy hospice co-workers hoped to surprise Willa with a day trip to celebrate her love for Ireland. But changes in Willa’s condition required a change of plans. Instead, Mercy Hospice brought Ireland to her and her family in her Pleasanton, Kansas, home.
The hospice crew worked diligently to get things in order for an authentic Irish party.
Nurse Marci Williams and chaplain Melissa George cooked up a traditional meal of Irish corned beef sandwiches and Jameson Irish whiskey.
But no Irish party is complete without “atmosphere.” So, to bring the aura of Ireland to Kansas, the team reached out for assistance. Willa received Ireland memorabilia donated by tourism bureaus in Dublin, New York City and County Clare, as well as gifts from Mercy co-workers and volunteers, including a pillow made by hospice administrative assistant Tabitha Stults. Gifts included posters, guide books, CDs of music and stories, travel DVDs, clothing, and an Irish drinking mug.
Surrounded by gifts and the sound of Celtic music playing in the background, Willa said, “Irish hospitality isn’t just a legend. I’m so proud to be Irish!”
Mercy Hospice wishes Willa and her family the best. May the luck of the Irish ever be with Willa.
Note: Mercy Wishes are supported by donor contributions and are designed to help terminally-ill patients fulfill a final wish. To make a donation, visit mercy.net.