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Going Home Episode 2: The Cards You're Dealt - Series Overview and Episode Review + Giveaway

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Series Name
Going Home

Genre
Inspirational/Faith-based

Release Date
June 2nd (first two episodes, followed by new episodes every Thursday)

Series Synopsis
Everyone has a calling from God and Charley’s purpose is to help people transition  from this world to their forever home. Watch this heartfelt series that will inspire you to think deeper about your relationships and how you can live well with the time we’re all blessed with. God gives everyone a calling – and for Charley, it’s to help families during one of the most difficult times of their lives.  
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Series Fun Facts

“Going Home” is a new series that follows an inspiring team of nurses who help guide patients and loved ones on the ultimate journey – one of transition from this world to their forever home. It’s a race against time as the team must help their clients find peace and wrap up loose ends with compassion and dignity. 

This is a powerful and moving show about family, faith and salvation as one journey ends and another begins. 

With themes of courage, forgiveness, and faith, “Going Home” is a show you won’t want to miss! 

Featuring Charisma Carpenter from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. 

CAST LIST: Cynthia Geary as Charley Copeland, hospice nurse Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Janey Richards, hospice nurse Steve Lloyd as Scott Braverman, hospice home manager Charisma Carpenter as Katherine Sumner (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) Mary Ray Hernandez as Sofia, hospice nurse

Christopher Wiehl as Alec Sumner Aviona Rodriguez as Tamara, hospice nurse

Elly Sims as Courtney Sumner

Trent Sims as Chad Sumner FEATURING Vernon Davis

William Allen Young

Sharva Maynard

Tom Skerritt

Russell Hodgkinson

Kate Witt

David S. Hogan

Concetta Tomei

Katie Prentiss

Faye Hostetter My Review **Disclosure** Many thanks to Pure Flix/Sony Affirm/Momentum Influencer Network for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.  Going Home is a new series from Sony Affirm streaming on Pure Flix. It's a show that follows a hospice nurse named Charley who helps guide patients to their final home. She and her team of compassionate nurses not only ease the pain of their patients, but they also help ease the emotional pain their patients' loved ones are going through. It's a beautiful, heartwarming show full of faith, hope, and love, and it showcases inspirational characters who take pride in their job, even when it seems difficult. I am reviewing episode two of the show, but I did watch episode one first, just to get a feel for the show. I think episode one does a nice job of setting things up so viewers understand what the show is all about. It's a tearjerker, that's for sure.

Episode two is titled The Cards You're Dealt, and it opens with a young Charley reading to her grandmother. While in the room, her grandmother dies, but Charley finds it peaceful and beautiful. This seems to be the event that sparks her desire to go into nursing, specifically hospice care. The rest of the episode follows an older couple who have been together for years. Vance and Betty are the type of couple I think we all wish we could be. Two people who love each other dearly and have had many adventures together. Vance isn't ready to let Betty go, though. She's had time to come to terms with it, and she's ready, but Vance is struggling, feeling like he's failed her. He's also dealing with memory issues and may have early dementia. It's heartbreaking. While Charley helps Betty and Vance, Janey discovers that some families with a loved one in hospice care can be difficult, stubborn, angry, and tough to deal with. But with some advice from Charley, she makes the most of it. Charley must also come to terms with the fact that Katherine, her old college roommate and friend, needs her because she's dying of cancer. Charley realizes that even though she didn't want to be Katherine's nurse, the Lord is asking her to see things through, and so she now has that burden to bear.

I really liked this episode. It turned me into an emotional, crying mess, but it also had some lovely moments that made me smile through the tears. Even though Betty was dying, she had come to terms with things and was ready to move on to whatever came next in

her journey. She was a strong, hopeful character, and I found her to be inspiring. My heart hurt for Vance, though. I can imagine that after so many years with the one you love the most, losing them is probably the most painful thing ever. His moment at the end of the episode stabbed me right in the heart. I was a mess. The opening of the episode also really got to me. I lost my grandmother, who was my best friend, 15 years ago, but I never got to say goodbye. I had a difficult, petty family, and because I lived 5 hours away at the time, no one told me my grandmother had passed until two weeks after the fact. It was heartbreaking to discover, and it still hurts to this day. So seeing Charley with her grandmother at the beginning of the episode made me wish things could have been different for me. Overall, this is a really good show. I'm invested, even though I know it's going to make me cry every week. But sometimes that can be a good thing. I'm really excited to see where the rest of the show goes, and I'm looking forward to new episodes. Episode 2 Themes and Bible Verses

Themes

Miscarriage, alcoholism, dementia True support and care in relationships Definition of failure –  as a nurse in the Emergency Room, death was a failure; in Hospice, peaceful death is the goal Marriage and what makes a good foundation for a biblical marriage


Bible Verses When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God. – Proverbs 14:32 (NIV) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV) BONUS READING: 29 BIBLE VERSES ABOUT WIVES, MARRIAGE AND LOVE

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