When a loved one has died, it is common for children in the family to have more nightmares, and feel more fear of scary things that go “bump!” in the night.
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When I was caring for my mother during the last days of her life we received a call from the hospice chaplain who wanted to schedule a visit. But Mom refused, saying she didn’t need a chaplain because she had her own pastor and didn’t want a stranger to provide spiritual care. At the time I was busy with caregiving duties and felt relieved that I wouldn’t have to accommodate another visitor, so I agreed with Mom’s decision and turned down the chaplain’s offer.
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Guest Blog: Gail Nickels, SW Denver Reiki and volunteer at The Denver Hospice
Did you know that we teach both Reiki I and Reiki II for The Denver Hospice? I have been a Reiki Master/Teacher for 14 years and received my first degree 17 years ago.
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Guest Blog: Matt Harrison, Volunteer
While volunteering for The Denver Hospice, I was assigned a gentleman at a facility a couple years ago. He was a very successful businessman but he didn’t have any friends to visit him in his last days. Continue reading “Why I Volunteer For Hospice”
Guest Blog: The Courage Expert Sandra Ford Walston
Working as a hospice volunteer for seven years, I’ve witnessed a variety of outcomes during a patient’s final moments, commonly referred to as the “eleventh hour.”
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There has been a push in recent years for adults 18 and over to create an advance directive to tell their loved ones what type of care they would like to receive at the end of life. This advance planning is especially important for those who want to avoid unwanted and costly care when they reach their final days.
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Guest Blog: Tarron Estes, Founder of the Conscious Dying Institute
When I look back on how I came to teach “Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula” education, I see a beautiful pattern of connections and relationships, events and places. All playing unique roles. All touching. All connected – A long steady stream of connections from early childhood to now creating a beautiful life design.
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If you have been caring for a loved one with life-limiting illness who has chosen or been advised to stop treatment for that illness you may be considering hospice care as an alternative. Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for the patient and for family members as well and can help you through this challenging time.
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The first time I visited our hospice patient Ben, a 68-year-old man with cancer, I noticed that he was reluctant to talk to me about his physical symptoms. He denied having any pain even though his tense facial muscles and elevated heart rate suggested that he was experiencing a significant amount of discomfort. Ben was polite toward me but would answer my questions with only a few words.
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When my mother was diagnosed with biliary cancer at the age of 89 it was relatively easy to choose our next steps because I had worked as a hospice physician for many years and understood the options that were available to her. In addition I had already held many conversations with her over a period of five years about what type of care she wanted to receive at the end of life so we were well prepared for the situation that faced us.
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