I didn’t know much about hospice before Mom died. Hospice was called the year before when Dad had a massive stroke, but he went so quickly that I didn’t learn much about what hospice was about. All I knew was that the hospice nurse called the necessary people to handle the necessary paperwork. I showed my ignorance in a short conversation with her.
“I guess this makes your job a little less heart wrenching, when the patient doesn’t linger for a long time.”
“Oh, no,” she said. “I hate it when they die quickly before I have a chance to get to help them. I worked with a patient recently who, at first, was in so much pain that he couldn’t get out of bed. More than anything he wanted to see his grandson play soccer. We were able to make that happen. Hospice doesn’t help a patient die but rather helps him make the most of the time he has left.”
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