My Introduction to Hospice Care

by Bill Brenner on April 28, 2015

I’ve heard much about the blessings of hospice care, but I hadn’t seen it firsthand until now. After four years of illness, my father has decided he’s fought long enough and has chosen hospice care for the endgame.

Mood music:

We visited him Saturday, and he looked and sounded better than he has in a long, long time. He was alert, his talking was clear, and he was smiling the whole time. He’s made his decision and is at peace.

Now we wait for nature to take its course. It could be weeks or months.

I’ve decided to spend a couple days a week working from his bedside. I see no reason to put my work aside, and he would frown upon it. Since I spent much of my childhood hanging around him as he worked, the turnabout seems appropriate.

And while I’m there, I’m going to ask him for stories about the past. I was there for 45 years of it, but I want his unfiltered perspective. I also think he’ll enjoy it.

This is going to be an interesting adventure.

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Jen D April 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Make the most of your time, I’ll be thinking of you.

jonee April 29, 2015 at 10:15 am

Wow, I lov your decisions – you’re completing the life circle. Good luck and God bless.

Nicole April 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Hospice can be a blessing–my mother is a hospice nurse, and every day she feels blessed to be able to care for the patients in the ways they need at a time when it is most important. Your family is in my thoughts.

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