This is a story about a man we’ll call “Grumpy” for now. Grumpy lived his long life in Whitman County, and although he did die while under hospice care, when death came to him, he was no longer grumpy. I met this man years ago, at an assisted living center, while I was serving as… Continue reading Hospice Brings New Hope & New Life
How did I first learn about death? Well, around the kitchen table and family gatherings with extended family – aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Those times when we would reconnect with our families afar, and the conversations returned to earlier days and family members who had died. Although sometimes hushed conversations (and even sometimes laughter over… Continue reading Kitchen Table Talk – How I Learned About Death
This winter in Whitman County has seen more colder temperatures, deeper snow, and record-breaking icicles than we have experienced in a while. While living in a part of the country that experiences four distinct seasons is usual for us, this deeper, prolonged cold has prompted some people to ask, “How long will this winter last?”… Continue reading How Long Will This Last?
As a hospice volunteer chaplain, not only have hospice patients taught me how to die with grace and dignity, but hospice has also taught me how to live after the death of my own loved one, my daughter Kam. Undoubtedly, her death at forty was the most difficult event of my life. The bereavement… Continue reading How to Live After the Death of A Loved One: Taking the Next Step in Life’s Journey
Advance Care Planning – when is the right time? Well, it seems sandwiched between life, laundry and longings, just like the rest of the meaningful things we do in our lives. This last month of holiday happenings really brought that home. A couple in their late 50s/early 60s was invited by their primary care… Continue reading Shedding Light On The Right Time