Our policy is that we cannot accept gifts over $25. I have accepted little things. A patient's wife gave me a dog bed she made from fabric remnants. She sewed threse little peices together all day long, then made little quilts for dogs. Another patent gave me the honor of choosing some costume jewlery, she insisted, when I tried to refuse, she insisted I pick some out for my dtr, so I did, but it definitely was not worth $25
. Another pt gave me a kitchen towel that she crocheted a portion on, so that you could button it onto a stove handle. I like the homemade things.
One pt tried to give me $40 cash, I explained I couldn't possibly accept it, we agreed I would donate it to Hospice in her name, so I did.
I think the lilac bush is so sweet, and so is the pottery. It was your patient's dying wish, honor her by accepting it. If there is a problem, ask the family to write a note to your sup explianing how their mother wished for you to have it.
This has me wondering. Legally, what if a pt decided to leave you a large sum of money in a will, would that be OK to accept if they put it in their will? I wonder (Not like it will ever happen to me!)