Forest Ranger Granted Dying Wish to see Beloved Woods One Last Time

Ed was an elderly man living in an assisted-living home in Washington and under hospice care.

He had not been outside for several years as a result of his illness and the difficulty in transporting him, but his last wish, which he shared with his hospice chaplain, was to go outdoors. When he was healthy, Ed had been a forest ranger and lived for being outside.

The chaplain contacted the local fire department, and soon after, Ed and several members of the fire rescue team went on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds, Wash. Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle, and other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck.

Patient taken outdoors   EvergreenHealth Hospice

Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the trees and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.

Program Manager Diane Fiumara said:

‘I want to thank my fantastic North Team for their love and dedication to the patients they serve.’

Ed passed away just a few days after his last visit to the woods.


  1. There is such wisdom and peace in the forest, it’s very moving that they took the time for him to connect with that vital energy before he went. Thanks for sharing this it touches my heart with tenderness


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