A Celebration of Caring: Cecelia Tackett

By Leslie Moore

A Celebration of Caring: Cecelia Tackett

Cecelia Tackett: Community Relations Liaison, Hospice Care of South Carolina

Where did you grow up? What did your family do on Mother’s Day?

I was born in Florida, but grew up in West Virginia. Mother’s Day was spent celebrating mothers and grandmothers – I have three siblings, and we would have a big dinner together that my mother prepared. She made wonderful desserts!

I moved to the Grand Strand area after I was married. I wanted to be near the ocean, and it was halfway between Florida and West Virginia.

What will you do this Mother’s Day?

I will celebrate with my two sons, Cody and Lawson, along with Lawson’s beautiful wife, Savannah, and their two children, Landon and Luke. Savannah and Lawson are expecting another baby in October! They are the best, most loving sons a mother could want.

I adopted Cody when he was sixteen. I had been a foster mother, and the director of the boys’ home where he lived called me and asked me to come meet him. Cody really picked me for his mom – he wouldn’t leave with anyone else. I am so blessed. He now works as a counselor at the same boys’ home, and he served his country as a Marine, doing two tours in Afghanistan.

In what ways are you like your mother? What do you admire about her?

I look just like my mother, it’s uncanny. She was such a wonderful grandmother to my sons – everywhere I’ve lived she moved in next door to be close to her boys. A woman of great faith, my mother was always an ambassador for Christ. Her mother, my grandmother, was an evangelist and my grandfather was a pastor. It’s not a surprise that my degree is in Theology.

How has your work with Hospice Care of SC impacted you personally? Why do you believe hospice care is the best choice for patients with life limiting illnesses?

My mother was a hospice patient, and the organization educated me about end of life issues with so much compassion. We didn’t understand what was going on, and with their help her final illness became a four week journey that ended in a celebration. I knew then that this was my calling – to educate people about hospice care, and how it can positively affect end of life care. I feel greatly blessed to be a part of this journey with so many families – hospice is a celebration of life and patients are given the dignity they deserve.

Hospice Care of South Carolina is our state’s leading provider of hospice care with a branch in every county. We have over 17 years of experience and the highest percentage of board-certified staff of any hospice provider in South Carolina. You can keep your primary physician, and care can be provided where you want it – in your home or in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay – you will never receive a bill, we bill Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. We are there for you and your loved one 24/7, with someone always on call.

For more information about Hospice Care of South Carolina, call Cecelia at 843-438-4905 or visit www.hospicecare.net.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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