Charlene Thurston retires from PASCON
Originally released by The Inquirer and Mirror
(Aug. 23, 2018) Charlene Thurston understands death and the lessons that come from it. In three decades working in hospice care she has learned that each experience she has with patients and their families results in a different message, a different perspective and outlook on life and how to face difficult moments.
“The thing that was so amazing about this work is that in every different patient and family you are dealing with, there is a different story,” said Thurston, who is retiring as program director and nurse practitioner with Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) after 30 years, and 45 in healthcare.
“In every single case, there are wonderful things that you learn from them. It is also very much a two-way street because you are there to help them, but they’re really helping you. You are let into their lives at such an intimate time of their life that you get to really watch and learn from how this patient and family goes through this.”