What I Have Learned

Photo by filmmaker Carolyn Jones

I didn’t start out as a hospice nurse. Maybe my early nursing years seem a long way off, but the collection of lessons I have learned from my very ill and dying patients span my first day as a new student nurse, discovering my patient had died in the night, to the last visit of my day today, where a loving elderly mother is the caregiver for her dying daughter. So much laughter and sadness intertwined… I’ve only just begun to learn how love covers all the unsightliness, how gifts are found in the midst of the ashes, and how beautiful the human spirit is. My hope: Hospice diary in a small way is sharing these gifts.

Blessings- Amy Getter, MS, RN, CHPN

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