Refocusing Hope

Refocusing Hope At The End Of Life’s Journey

by Jenna Miosek, RN The poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all …” Although hope may look different than expected at the end of life’s journey, it doesn’t have an end point. A common concern…
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Mothers Day Musings

Mother’s Day Musings

by Connie DeKrey “Dad, may I skate down to the grocery store with Susie, please?” “Go ask your mother.” Perhaps for most of us, this was a common exchange when we were growing up. How many questions we must have asked our mothers during the course of a day (let alone throughout the years, and…
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2017 Nurses Week

A Calling To Care: Celebrating National Nurses Week

It is National Nurses Week, May 6-12, a time to celebrate the professional contributions of nurses in delivering the highest level of care to patients. Hospice nurses take on a critical role in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Comfort is a hospice nurse’s primary focus and advocating for patients is always their…
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Steve Anglin

Hospice Volunteer’s Experiences Encourage Open Communication About End-of-Life

If there’s one topic that’s generally avoided in casual conversation, it’s death and dying. The lack of conversation and planning before end-of-life can lead to confusion within families, missed opportunities to honor final wishes and a general sense of discomfort. Still most people will purposefully avoid talking about death. Not Steve Anglin. Steve, a volunteer…
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Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief: Understanding Grief Before A Death

by Staci Metzger, MSW Grief is generally thought of as something that happens after the death of a loved one, but what many people don’t realize is grief takes on many forms, and can happen at any time. Grief can occur when witnessing a loved one lose his or her independence, when a loved one…
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