How can a hospice staff—whether home health aids, chaplains, or nurses—explain who they are and what they are doing when a patient’s family instructs them not to mention the word, “Hospice?”
In our patient care meetings, especially with newly admitted hospice patients, a month doesn’t go by without mentioning one or both of these questions.
Since hospice involves caring for the dying and supporting the bereaved after death, sometimes the staff can’t talk about their real work with the people they serve.
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What word do you use for death?
- Is a person lost?
- Have they transitioned?
- Are they gone?
- Did they pass?
- Is your loved one in a better place, standing at heaven’s gate, meeting Saint Peter, or with the angels?
Since the beginnings of my ministry, I have used dying, death, and died. I suspect, over the years, in person and on the phone, I have upset people with those unadorned words. Read More →by