In Memoriam

Sam Law, founder and original member of the Gold Coats, passed away in February 2021. The Gold Coats are an exceptional group of men trained to care for those with dementia and other cognitive disabilities behind bars. Many of these men also served as hospice caregivers, ensuring that no one dies alone and all were treated with dignity and respect. Sam’s impact on the Gold Coats program cannot be understated. He dedicated his time while incarcerated to caring for those who were most vulnerable. Sam’s devotion to this program and wholehearted compassion for the aging and cognitively impaired illustrates just how transformative empathy can be. Thank you, Sam, for these teaching these lessons. Rest easy—you will be missed by many. The following video, which shows Sam and Shawn sharing their reflections on the Gold Coats program, is meant as a tribute to Sam.