Archive for Hospice

The Third Gift of Christmas

stained glassChristmas is a difficult season for someone whose doctor has announced, “I think you should consider hospice.”

Silent night, holy night!

All is calm, all is bright.

Christmas is a difficult season when caring for a dying loved one . . . or being the one cared for.

Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.

Holy infant so tender and mild,

Christmas is a difficult season if it’s the first holidays without a beloved child or spouse or parent.

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

In my neighborhood, lights twinkle along the darkening streets. Santas and snowmen and manger scenes sprawl across lawns. Families gather around tables. Colleagues join for parties at work. Children tremble with excitement and parents weary of telling the kids to be good. In cathedral’s large and sanctuary’s small, millions will meet on Christmas Eve, singing the familiar carols.

But your world is crushed. Read More →

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Moments of Life

One of the great resources to help folks understand hospice is the Moments of Life website. Sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), it gives glimpses into families making hospice decisions, along with providing answers to common questions.

One of their many videos highlighted 7-year old Riley. I don’t need to write about Riley . . . you can watch for yourself.

The Moments of Life effort is to raise awareness about a subject no one wants to discuss: dying. But I encourage you to check out some of the recorded stories and also to glance at their list of resources. Read More →

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