Category Archives: end of life care

WHY HOSPICE, WHY NOW?

There is a question suggested for hospice staff to consider when they talk with people about hospice services.  “Why hospice, why now?”  Ask yourself, what makes this moment in time the reason someone might decide on hospice; what about this … Continue reading

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SIBLINGS

J. can no longer easily get out of her recliner, and her adult sisters have arrived to help her manage these last days so she can remain in her home.  She tells us at our nursing visit:  “When they (the … Continue reading

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BEHIND THE WORDS

Words can relay many things, but they only share a part of the message.  Even when words aren’t understood, or are unspoken, we can still communicate.  I recently made a visit to a patient who lay in his bed, able … Continue reading

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A NEW YEAR

Perhaps because I heard a blessing, perhaps because I remembered a tune, perhaps because some I loved are gone, and perhaps because another year has gone by…I send this wish to you: May You Always… walk in sunshine Slumber warm … Continue reading

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WHO’S SORRY NOW

Bullies might be sorry some day. Who doesn’t have a story about being bullied? I remember being in grade school when there was a bigger girl who always lurked on the sidewalk with a couple of her friends. The three … Continue reading

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THE ALIEN

We should never become immune to surprise. Too many things can stop us midstream and make us think about the novelty of our experiences. Every person who has been touched by the loss of someone they love has their own … Continue reading

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THE AWE OF TODAY

I spent a morning in anticipation, along with many others, watching the moon cover the sun, until only a bright ring of light was left in the sky, and stars twinkled in the middle of a misty day along the … Continue reading

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TO ERR IS HUMAN

I read a painfully honest account today of implicit bias, something we all have in common as human beings. A doctor shares openly about how she reacts to a family of a patient who is imminently dying, and the disservice … Continue reading

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NEITHER EXPERT NOR NOVICE

Like other families, my first real glimpse of home hospice care was when the team came to help my mom care for my dad the last 3 months of his life. I was not new to watching the dying process, … Continue reading

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A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT

Only yesterday did I read the story of the woman who is given credit for creating Mother’s Day. It’s a rather sad story, this woman who was never a mother herself, but loved her own mother and recognized that mothers … Continue reading

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