Perspective From the Other Side of the Bed

I recently read the article, A View from the Edge – Creating a Culture of Caring by Dr Awdish in the New England Journal Of Medicine. It made me think back to my own personal experiences with the medical field. Experiences in which I was not the nurse dispensing care or information, but instead was…

Today’s Post is a Visual Journey

Today is movie day. After watching this documentary I realized that this 45 minute video visually contained, and beautifully presented, the very information I try to convey in writing in my blog posts. Set in Australia, the documentary A Good Death, reported by Deborah Masters and Matthew Carney, follows four terminally ill men and women…

Sharing a Laugh at Hospice

Death and dying is such a sad subject that many would be surprised to hear that sprinkled throughout the work week there were a few chuckles and laughable moments. Not just laughs between co workers sharing stories from their off duty hours, but sharing a laugh at hospice with dying patients as well as their…

Hospice Doesn’t Kill You

In my years in hospice I have heard the occasional snide comments, directly or indirectly, when family or friends have been dissatisfied with hospice services. I can understand the complaint of not liking a nurse or aide, or doctor’s personality and asking for a switch in caregivers. If I were dealing with the dying care…

Changing Definitions

Definitions have a way of changing as you get older, ever notice? For instance, remember back in your 20’s when you thought being in your 40’s seemed old? Then you reached your mid 30’s and 40 didn’t seem old at all, am I right? So when my kids slip and tell me of some encounter…

Sometimes the Only Way Out is Through

As in hurricanes, as in life, sometimes the only way out is through… This week hurricane Irma came racing through the state of Florida. Even at her less than predicted pace, she made herself known. Advanced preparations had us thinking ahead – plan for this, plan for that. Days and days of planning, yet the…

What Happens After Death?

What happens after death?   Many people wonder. What are the procedures? What should I expect? Perhaps knowing a bit about what may lie ahead may provide some comfort and take away some of the fear that is often associated with the unknown. When I arrive at someone’s home as a continuous care nurse, I…

A Simpler Bucket List for End of Life

Remember that movie a few years back called The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? It sparked a lot of people’s imaginations and motivated them to get out there and do the things in life they had only dreamed about before it was too late. Most people probably made lists containing some far…

Grief Quotes, Because Finding The Right Words Can Be Hard

Death is the heartache no one can heal,
 memories are keepsakes no one can steal.
 Beautiful memories are all we have left, of the ones we loved and will never forget.
 Softly the leaves of memory fall,
 gently we gather and cherish them all.
 Planted deep in memory’s garden 
and watered daily with tears,
 memory…

10 Things I Wish My Patients Knew Before I Met Them

I specialize in end of life care. I am a hospice nurse. Everyone knows that no one will live forever. For those of you who are more familiar with the concept of dying because you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, I offer the following 10 things I wish your…