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…

Don’t Tell Dad He’s Dying

I once had a patient’s daughter pull me aside after her father had been admitted to the hospice care center.  “Don’t tell my dad he’s dying. He is too high anxiety, he won’t be able to take it. Seriously, it would kill him.” When I mentioned that my name tag had hospice written on it,…

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 explain it to 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…

Talking With Someone About Their Dying

These will be some of the hardest and most meaningful conversations you will have with your loved one, yet sadly too often no one knows how to start the dialogue. As a hospice nurse I have difficult conversations daily. There were times when checking in on a person with a terminal diagnosis I’d simply ask,…