Teresa Jackson’s struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often brings feelings of fatigue and anxiety. She has found a sense of calm and comfort in filling in the intricate designs from the pages of adult coloring books.
“Sometimes I feel down, and doing this helps to get me out of that mood,” she said.
Jackson has completed dozens of the colorings since she recently moved into her sister Denise Turner’s home near Chesnee.
“She had worked on so many of them, and they were starting to pile up,” Turner said. “I told her, ‘We should do something with them that would make other people smile.’ Her face just lit up.”
During a conversation with Spartanburg Regional Hospice chaplain Katie Harbin, they discussed the idea of giving the colorings to hospice staff members and other patients in the program.
“It’s really a great thing,” said Turner, who is Jackson’s primary caregiver. “It helps her to have meaning and a sense of hope.”
Indeed, Jackson said knowing that others would enjoy her colorings “makes me feel good inside. I smile when I make them, and I hope people will smile when they get one.”
Jackson includes a handwritten message on the backs of the pages. “Whatever’s on my mind, I’ll write it,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll just say, ‘I’m praying for you. God bless you.’”
Harbin said Jackson’s effort to give something back to hospice staff members and to lift the spirits of other hospice patients “is an incredibly meaningful gesture. It’s very humbling.”
Amy Knight, manager of social work and counseling with Spartanburg Regional Hospice, used the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Special Needs Fund to replenish the Jackson’s art supplies. Jackson was given a bag filled with markers, pencils and coloring books, along with some extra items like a holding cross, a blanket and some Easter goodies that had been provided from a local church to the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.
“It was awesome,” Jackson said. “I was so proud and happy.”
The Hospice Special Needs Fund also assists families with financial resources for respite care at home, and this has helped Jackson’s family pay a part-time private duty sitter. The support allows Turner and her husband, Joey, some time to run errands and go to work. They serve as lead pastors of Encounter Church, located in Gaffney. “It’s been an absolute blessing,” Turner said.
Spartanburg Regional Hospice strives to meet patients’ physical needs, but also to provide hope and encouragement for both patients and their loved ones. The Hospice Special Needs Fund enables caregivers to provide an additional layer of support.
“We are so grateful for donors who enable us to go the extra mile for patients and families,” Knight said. “It allows us to have a supply of items like art supplies and books on hand so that a special treat can be pulled together quickly for a patient and family. Along with that, the ability to help a family through financial assistance can truly make a difference to hospice patients and their loved ones.”
To make a donation to Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Hospice Special Needs Fund, visit https://regionalfoundation.com/donate-now/hospice/.