(TruthSeekerDaily)  An elderly man who was near death in a hospice facility had one last request before he passed, his caregivers granted him that wish and captured the moment in a beautiful photo.

Ed, a former forest ranger, had been living in an adult family home for several years and was unable to go outside.   The frail and ill man reportedly told Washington’s Evergreen Health Hospice chaplain Curt Huber that his dying wish was to see the forest again, as his heart had been there throughout his loved career as a ranger.  Huber, with a huge heart, made this simple request happen for Ed.

“When Curt learned of Ed’s wish, he brought it to the attention of the Hospice team, one of whom suggested getting in touch with a local fire department that might agree to transport Ed for this final visit to the outdoors,” wrote the hospice facility in a Facebook post.

The chaplain contacted the Snohomish County Fire District in Edmonds, whose staff was more than happy to help.  That March, Curt and the RN Case Manager, Leigh Gardner, came alongside Ed and several members of the fire department, and embarked on their journey to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds. Ed was transported to the wilderness in the EMS vehicle, while other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck. Together, the team took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the fresh scents of the forest by touching the fragrant foliage and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face, allowing him to breath it in one last time.

In a thoughtful gesture, the hospice center captured Ed’s reaction with a photograph, which they posted to Facebook.  The team who attended this outing said that the dying man was extremely happy to be where he loved before he died.

“Ed was delighted,” said the hospice center in their Facebook post. “So were all the professionals who accompanied him.”

h/t: [ Fox10 ]

Since being posted on Facebook, the picture of Ed in the forest has garnered over 35,000 likes and has been shared over 9,000 times.  It’s proof that the simple things in life, those that cannot be purchased, are truly what matter in the end.