Category Archives: HospiceStories

Stories about the art of dying taken from hospice experiences

Helen

Helen was an elderly woman patient who seldom had visitors. She was very near death and was sleeping almost all the time. I went to sit with her to keep her company, even though I know she wouldn’t know I … Continue reading

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Don’t talk about death

A family member wrote and posted this on the hospice patient’s door: “Patient is still alive so he can hear what you say. Please do not talk about death or dying.”

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No More Hiddens

For a long time I have wanted to write about my experiences as a Hospice Volunteer. Now’s the time. It is an honor to be involved in people’s life as they go through this transition. And in writing about them … Continue reading

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Mr. Oliver

Mr. Oliver was an elderly gentleman, in his 80s. His wife was dying and he was sitting at her bedside so that if she opened her eyes they would be gazing at him. She had been sleeping more and more … Continue reading

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Stan

Stan was a big man and had been diagnosed with lung cancer only three months ago and had declined rapidly. His wife was a tiny woman and just by the force of her character she had acted as his caretaker, … Continue reading

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Bob and his Mom

Bob was sitting quietly by the bedside of his 87-year-old Mom. I asked him if he would like to visit for a moment and he said he would. We stood at the head of his mom’s bed while she slept. … Continue reading

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Nancy

Nancy had been in hospice for several weeks, but she was having trouble controlling her pain, so she was moved to a residential hospice failicity. When she first came in she was very uncomfortable and was understandably grumpy.

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