Hospice patients—and family members—have many reasons to be thankful on Thanksgiving 2013.
- Be thankful for the opportunity to gather and enjoy the love and warmth of family members.
- Be thankful for the memories of Thanksgivings past and the people and places that make up those memories.
- Be thankful for all the blessings and happiness that life gives and has given.
- Be thankful for holiday visitors who are happy to see you and happy to listen to what you have to say.
- Be thankful for the wonderful aromas of Thanksgiving, whether you are working in the kitchen, watching the parade in the family room or resting in bed.
- Be thankful for the young ones. Let their spirit and energy inspire you.
- Be thankful for the positive differences you have made in the lives of your loved ones.
- Be thankful for the beauty that nature brings us every day.
- Be thankful for neighbors, church members and others who offer to help.
- Be thankful for kindness of caregivers and their time and attention.
- Be thankful for modern medications and the relief they provide from pain.
- Be thankful for the joy and comfort your religious beliefs provide.
- Be thankful for the support, compassion and love that are shared by hospice team members.
We hope your Thanksgiving is a good one.
(For information about hospice care, call Hope Hospice in metro St. Louis at 314-984-9800.)
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. We think November is a perfect time to promote hospice awareness. (Actually, any time of year is a good time to share the word about hospice care, but November is particularly appropriate.)
Many Americans will be spending time over the next couple of months with family members. They will be meeting up with old friends. It’s a wonderful time of year to share old memories and make new ones.
Sadly, some of us will learn of parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends and acquaintances who are dealing with a grim diagnosis. These circumstances may not have been shared via text messages, emails, social media or even phone calls. Sometimes news is of such a personal nature that it needs to be shared in person, such as during a conversation at a holiday visit.
For some people, learning about hospice care will become a necessity in coming weeks. For others, gaining knowledge about hospice now will serve well in future years.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month calls attention to a practice that is still relatively new. Hospice care is just a few decades old in the U.S. Most Americans have heard of hospice, but misconceptions linger. To everyone who helps spread the word about hospice and its many benefits, we at Hope Hospice thank you.
For hospice team members, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is a time to feel the love and appreciation of patients and family members. It is also a time for all hospice organizations to say again to all who work together to deliver hospice care, “Thank you for a job well done!”
For answers to your questions about hospice care, call us at Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800.
The new TV series Time of Death (Fridays, 8:00 p.m. St. Louis time on Showtime) presents a close-up look at the dying process. In the debut episode on November 1, we meet Maria, a 48-year-old single mother of three, who is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. We also meet Michael, a divorced man also in his 40’s who suffers from an aggressive cancer that takes him down quickly.
Death is a topic that typically causes us to avert our eyes and our thoughts. This program may be difficult to watch, but it reveals good insight for those with loved ones who have had a terminal diagnosis.
In the case of these two patients, we see the survivors-to-be fearing the future as much as the person facing death. Maria’s older daughter Nicole is 25. Maria’s younger children are another daughter, 15, and a son, 14. Maria wants Nicole to have custody of her younger half-siblings. Maria tries to spare her kids the bad news of test results but they know the outcome will not be a good one.
Michael’s mother and dad are his caregivers. His mother speaks of being especially concerned about her husband’s being able to deal with the death of their son. It is painfully obvious that the mother will also be devastated.
Michael’s story shows a compassionate hospice nurse talking to him and caring for him. She also is given the opportunity to speak directly to the camera. As his final hours and minutes approach, we see Michael’s first ex-wife holding his hand and providing comfort at the end of his life.
Over the course of the six-part weekly series, viewers will follow Maria as she moves closer to death. (The program begins with Nicole making a call to report her mother’s passing before flashing back several months to Maria and her active life.) Viewers will meet others facing death.
Time of Death may cause you to cry. But by observing patients and families going through the end-of-life process, we can prepare for what we all may face down the road.
If you have questions about hospice and end-of-life care, please call Hope Hospice at 314-984-8400.