A Year With Sean
Georgiana and Sean McMenamin had a whirlwind romance. They met while Sean was deployed with the U.S. Army in Georgiana’s home country of Romania. After a long-distance relationship, Georgiana came to Colorado, and the two married in late 2019.
Instead of building a life together, though, they spent the next year preparing for the end of Sean’s. In January 2020, Sean learned he had cancer, and in May 2021, he died at the age of 35.
Georgiana said she didn’t expect him to pass away so quickly. Still, she was grateful for the special moments they shared: vacations to Las Vegas and California and a month-long visit with Sean’s parents in Pennsylvania. She said she knew Sean’s doctors wouldn’t approve of their travel during the pandemic, and even after his death spoke about their trips as if they were students cutting class, but neither of them knew what to expect for the year ahead. She said they wanted to take advantage of the times when he was feeling good, and she was glad to spend time getting to know Sean’s family.
In the final weeks of his life, Sean received care from the staff at Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care. Georgiana said she appreciated that when she had to leave the Inpatient Care Unit for short periods of time, she could trust that he was in good hands.
The Pikes Peak staff worked as a team to give him comfort and care and so that he could be there, present and engaged with his family and friends as much as possible.
“We take pride in how we deliver care and value the trust that families place in us,” said Dawn Darvalics, PPHPC president.