CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH
Mallory Pickering was born in Gulfport, MS, but moved around the state quite a bit as the daughter of a pastor. She has lived in the Jackson-Metro area for the past 15 years and works out of our Hospice office in Flowood as the Chaplain to service central Mississippi. Mallory graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Literature from Mississippi College. She went on to complete a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Wesley Biblical Seminary.
Mallory has been with Kare In Home Hospice for a little over a year and is a key part to the team. Megan Fore, the Branch Director in Flowood said, “Mallory is a light to everyone here in Flowood. She is exactly what our patients and their families need, but also what we as coworkers need. Mallory strives daily to be available not only to patients, but also to our staff. Many lean on her for words of wisdom and a prayer when needed.”
Megan went on to say, “Mallory has an amazing sense of humor that is always thrown in the mix right where it’s needed. We couldn’t be more proud of our amazing Chaplain, coworker, and friend!” Mallory was very excited (and surprised!) to receive the Kare In Home award for Spiritual Care Coordinator in 2017, but her biggest honor so far was being asked to speak at the funeral of a patient she had been visiting since she began with Kare In Home. Mallory said, “Getting to do her funeral was the culmination of a sacred year spent at her bedside. It truly felt like I had walked her home.”
When asking Mallory what she loves most about her job she responded, “I love being with the patients. I feel so much peace in my inner being when I'm truly present to them. I cherish the raw conversations about life and death, but I also love learning how to communicate in a way that transcends words. Sometimes silence trumps conversation. Meaningful eye contact can be powerful. And sometimes a patient might just need someone to hold their hand. My aim is to approach each patient encounter with no agenda except to help the patient feel seen and understood. If I can do that, I have succeeded.”