A friend writes about visiting Kerrie at Kessler

Glenn received a very nice letter from a friend who had just come back from visiting Kerrie at Kessler. He asked that we share it with you all in hopes that more people will take some time to visit her. Kerrie’s progress depends not only on physical and mental rehab but also social rehab. If you’re interested, please contact us or you can reach out to Glenn or any family member so we can help you plan your visit.

Hi Glenn,

Billy and I had a nice visit with Kerrie. She is obviously working very hard to recover and it is evident that she is in talented and caring hands at Kessler. We believed she recognized us and understood that we were there for a visit. We talked to her about our families and the friendship between us, the children and of course the dogs!  We told her that you and her mom are keeping the children happy and engaged while she is recovering and that she shouldn’t worry about anything at home. I thought about how I would feel if I were in her position and tried to talk to her in that way.  We told her we knew it was hard for her and that she needs to be patient and let herself heal as slowly as she needs to. I am sure she must feel frustrated at times so I wanted her to know that everyone understands that she is trying her best and that her strength is amazing.  

We left feeling we had helped in some way and that she appreciated the conversation. In a situation such as this, it is hard to know how to help her. I honestly feel that keeping her in touch with friends and loved ones is probably one of the best ways to aid in her spiritual recovery.  Kessler can rehabilitate her in many ways but her spirit and heart can best be cared for by those who love her. As I had mentioned, we had a wonderful sense of satisfaction from spending time with her and that the feeling of helplessness was replaced by a new perspective. I highly suggest that all friends/family pay a visit to her at Kessler. Please feel free to share this note, our phone numbers and email addresses to anyone who may want to visit with Kerrie but may have questions beforehand.

Love to You, Kerrie and the Children,

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One Response to “A friend writes about visiting Kerrie at Kessler”

  1. Claire prettitore January 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Dear Jen and billy,
    That was such a lovely note you sent Glenn. We feel she is trying so hard and that it is good when anyone can go to see her for a visit and just talk to her or read to her just to let her know things are being taken care of so she won’t worry about the family. It will take time, but we will be there for her!

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