This Forest Ranger Was Granted His Dying Wish To See The Woods One Last Time

A local fire brigade helped make his final wish come true.

1. A former forest ranger has had his dying wish fulfilled when a hospice arranged for him to be taken to a woodland park for a final visit.

Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Washington, said the patient, named only as Ed, hadn’t been outdoors for several years as a result of his illness and difficulty transporting him.

Ed told the hospice’s chaplain Curt Huber he dreamt of returning to the outdoors.

2. Having learnt of his wish, staff got in contact with the local fire brigade to see if they could help.

And in March staff and members of Snohomish County Fire District managed to take Ed on a trip to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds.

3. A Facebook group for the hospice’s volunteers said:

Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the fragrant growth and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.

Ed was delighted. So were all the professionals who accompanied him.

5. The story of Ed’s trip was posted on Facebook last Monday and has so far been shared over 9,000 times and received more than 36,000 likes.

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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