Hospice Patients Can Be Tissue Donors

Are you aware that hospice patients may be eligible for tissue donation after their deaths if they so choose, depending on their medical history? Giving the gift of tissue; either skin, heart valves, corneas, tendons, veins, or bone, can make a huge difference in many peoples’ lives. If this is something that you would like…

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…

Planning for the Home Death

Many, if not most of my patients, if given the choice, said they would prefer to die at home. In fact, I’ve spent half my career as a hospice nurse sitting at the bedside inside my patient’s home. The other half of my career was spent at the hospice care centers, and a smaller portion at…

What Difference Would Hospice Care Make?

For those wondering what hospice is about, and more specifically, what difference would it make in a person’s life who is dying, let me enlighten you. To understand hospice you must first understand the idea of palliative care. Palliative care is an interdisciplinary team approach to treat any serious illness without an aim to cure….

How Will You Choose to Die?

There will come a time after being diagnosed with a terminal illness that your doctor will ask whether it is your wish to have a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR). By signing a DNR you acknowledge that in the event that your heart stops beating, no life saving measures, such as CPR will be performed….

What You Should Know About Life Saving Measures

When I first began working for hospice over fifteen years ago I was surprised by how many times I was the one introducing the idea of signing a DNR, Do Not Resuscitate, to someone who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness months before and was now in the rapid decline of the dying process….