Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Really, I have to say that I am quite impressed with the hospice nurses that come to see my mom. They minister to the whole family really. I had a question tonight, and called. Much to my surprise, I received a call back almost immediately, even though it was after hours. She'd was anxious to speak with me, she said.

You know, it's a hard time. No matter how you slice it, it's just a difficult and painful time for everyone. It helps to have a calm, soothing voice on the other end of the phone who can answer your questions and address your concerns. It is a terrific organization, with a well trained staff.

That's all really.


Mary Paddock said...

I've had more than one friend assured by the presence of Hospice nurses.

Deb, I'm sorry you have to go through this, but it's good to know that there are those with you who can ease you through it.

Mikey said...

Hospice is indeed a wonderful agency. A Godsend, really. I'm so sorry this is happening right now, and I send you a big cyber hug. Please know we're thinking about you.

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Bill of Wasilla said...

Your words bring back many memories... not all pleasant or happy, yet, somehow, all treasured.

My best to your mom, you and all your family.

A Novel Woman said...

I have two friends who are hospice nurses and they are angels, in the truest sense.

Kelly said...

I am SUCH a fan of Hospice - all the way around!! I volunteer at our local facility (administrative side more than the patient side) and never cease to be amazed at all they provide, both to the patients AND the families.

Hang in there, Deb. (((hugs)))

WhiteStone said...

We, too, have experienced the kindness and reassurance of Hospice. They are truly a blessing to the patient and to the family.

Bob said...

The hospice people are angels, pure and simple. We had them when my mother was in her last days. They came to the funeral and CRIED. They go this all the time and they CRIED with us. Bless them.

Pencil Writer said...

The words of a hymn come to mind in reference to those who serve in hospice capacity:

"Each life that touches ours for good reflects thine own great mercy, Lord..."

May you and your mother and other family members find peace and comfort even within the difficulties you currently face. Prayers and hugs for you and yours.

KarenTX said...

Hospice nurses are a special breed of caregivers. Prayers for you and your family.

quid said...

For the last 9 months, I have been a hospice employee. Mine's a non-profit; it operates in 4 counties. After the rough and rocky road of being employed and discarded in my 50's, I feel a sense of strength and belonging working here.

Here's a really good book:

"Seven Days of Hospice - A Memoir" by D. M. Wilmes

I would love you to think about your own memoir about these times. I imagine the writing would be beautiful and reach deep into each of us.

Be kind to each other.