John and Martha DeMucci: A Love Story until the End - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on November 05, 2015

John and Martha DeMucci: A Love Story until the End

Media Contact:
Mary Wascavage
(610) 284-8619
Mary.Wascavage@crozer.org

Practice Contact:
Crozer-Keystone Hospice
Residence at Taylor Hospital
(610) 284-0700

Angelo and Mary DeMucci share how Crozer-Keystone’s Hospice team helped them as Angelo’s parents faced the end of their lives together.

Angelo and Mary DeMucci share how Crozer-Keystone’s Hospice team helped them to “Take a Moment. Make a Moment” as Angelo’s parents faced the end of their lives together. 

John and Martha DeMucci, of Philadelphia, were married on June 8, 1946. Sixty-eight years later, they passed away on the same date, February 18, 2015, in the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence at Taylor Hospital. The couple was inseparable; the true definition of a love story, “until death do us part.” The DeMuccis’ stay at the Hospice Residence was short─both were facing the end of their lives─but they wanted to face it together side by side.

When John and Martha arrived at the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence they were placed in two separate but adjacent rooms. The couple asked if they could share a room, knowing they did not have much time left. Even though all patient rooms are private, the hospice care staff saw the love the DeMuccis had for each other and did not want to keep them apart. So, they arranged for them to be together in the same room. They wheeled John’s bed into Martha’s room and lined them up together side by side. It was not long after that, holding hands, that they left the world.

Lauren Haeberlen, R.N., nurse manager of the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Residence, assisted the DeMucci family every step of the way. “They were all great, every single one of them,” says daughter-in-law Mary DeMucci. “They were all angels; I cannot thank them enough for everything that they did.”

Even though the DeMuccis were only at the Residence for a short time, the nursing staff did everything they could for the family─even bringing in pizza and cookies so they could spend as much time as possible with John and Martha. “I know that the staff don’t normally put people in the same room but I cannot thank them enough for letting them share that. They did everything they could for us,” Mary DeMucci says. A picture of John and Martha side by side, holding hands in their last moments together, was the most special gift that the staff gave the DeMuccis—one that they will hold on to forever.

For more information about the Crozer-Keystone Hospice Program, visit crozerkeystone.org or call (610) 284-0700.

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