While I applaud Teresa McQuerrey for showcasing the incredible benefits of Hospice, I must question why photographs of my grandfather during his final stages of life were deemed important to publish. The incredible benefits of the Hospice program could have been expressed without stripping away the last bit of dignity my grandfather had before his passing.
My grandfather, Thomas Bartlett, was a very strong, proud, dignified man. I know he would never have wanted the final memories of those who knew and loved him to be these photographs taken of him on his deathbed, in such a weak and frail state.
I also find it incredibly disturbing that there was no mention in any of the ongoing articles of the two children that Thomas Bartlett left behind -- my mother, Trish (Patty) Sauceda, and my aunt, Terry Martinez. The wording in these articles also made it seem that my grandfather's current wife had no assistance in the care of my grandfather, with the exception of his "paid caretaker" Norma and that simply is not true. My mother has been there for both my grandfather and his wife quite consistently. She would visit them monthly, spending days at a time to help clean their home, cook for them, buy them groceries and wash their clothes. She was also the one who hung up the black-and-white photographs of my grandfather's family that were mentioned in one of McQuerrey's articles.
I would hope in the future that McQuerrey and any other writer for this newspaper consider the full extent of their stories, including the addition of photographs that are extremely inappropriate and personal.
I also wish to thank Payson resident, Hoyt Kenmore, for his letter to the editor about these photographs. Mr. Kenmore, I don't know you personally, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time to express your displeasure in regards to these thoughtless photos.
Tami A. Shortridge, Surprise