A hospital employee offers a free and unique service for dying patients and their families. She will cast the patient's hand, often entwined with
the hand of a loved one.
When a family member passes away, it is natural to look for some way to preserve his or her memory. Many times, family members keep photographs, artwork, jewelry, or other items that are meaningfully connected to the deceased. For example, a daughter might preserve and wear her deceased mother's favorite bracelet or necklace.
There is another art form that can also be used as a memorial, as The New York Times reports in "Hands of the Dying Offer a Unique Memorial."
An administrative assistant at the Baylor University Medical Center in Texas will create a complimentary custom cast of the hand of any dying patient who requests it. The casts are specific to the patient and detailed enough to include even the smallest scars and veins. The casts are normally made with the patient holding the hand of another family member. For example, a husband might have a cast of his hand holding that
of his wife.
Although this free service is provided only through the generosity of this kind-hearted person, the lesson learned is priceless. Many elderly people
and their families might want to use it as inspiration to find their own unique ways to be memorialized.
Reference: New York Times (March 7, 2017) "Hands of the Dying Offer a Unique Memorial."