A wise worker once told me many years ago that you never know when your last conversation with anyone of our client group will be. This is something that has stayed with me and very much influenced my way of working with homeless people. The statement is so true, you just never know when your last conversation with anyone is going to be. Over the last 15 years I have attended many funerals of homeless & disadvantaged people and watching people deteriorate and pass away is never easy.
2 days ago a young man who has been visiting The Wellspring for a few years passed away in hospital. My last conversation with this person was not as positive as it could have been and this is something that will always stay with me and help me to shape the way I deal and work with other people.