For the past ten years, the word HOSPICE has flitted in and out of my vocabulary – mostly in – and much of what I do has been influenced by something that has something to do with that word. Now is the time, today is the day, this is the moment, when all the chicken scratches, magazine pages, newspaper articles torn carelessly away from the rest of the paper… these will all be compiled in one place. Here. Here is where you’ll find what you want to know, and maybe what you didn’t know you wanted to know, about HOSPICE.
My dear friend Mary P. announced last week that her dad was signed up for hospice. She had so many questions, so many doubts. I told her, I guess you haven’t read my book. No, my used-to-be dear friend admitted, I haven’t. I dropped a copy off for her the next day, with book marks to answer some of her questions. But I can’t drop a copy off for everyone. So, buy my book on Amazon, Hospice Isn’t a Place, It’s People, by Julie Desmond.
And while you’re waiting for your copy to arrive, read this blog. I hope you’ll discover things here that will help you. Truth is, if we are all going to die someday, it would be nice if most of us knew how to navigate death with grace, peace, bravery and a sense of humor. Death can be a lot of things. It can be intense, unnerving, uplifting and surprising. But it does not have to be mysterious. We can talk about it together, we can learn from each other and we’ll get through it.
Are you involved with a hospice situation now? I promise, You can do this. You are going to do such a good job.