Steptoe Butte appears in this photo’s background and on the left is an abandoned farmstead known to locals as “the Pratt Place.” The children who once played in the creek that borders the property lived good lives and have long since passed. As the buildings that once housed both family and livestock continue to deteriorate, others… Continue reading A Rainbow of Services
The picture above is a tree. This tree began life, as most do, as a seed. It received nourishment and grew. As it matured, it developed many ways to survive and thrive. It lived as a splendid tree, housing birds, squirrels, and insects. Perhaps sun-kissed children enjoyed climbing its fully-leafed limbs in the summer. It… Continue reading Just Say the Word!
Recently I shared treasured time with folks at a memorial reception for a remarkable man. Why had we all come that day? We came because we wanted to spend time with his family and others who knew him. We wanted more – more time, more connection, more of him. The entire afternoon was filled with… Continue reading Hearing The Stories of Our Loved Ones – the Passage of Time
Life is full of difficult questions. Which college or university should I attend? What career path should I take? Should I get married? Should we have children? The list is long, the decisions many. One question that should be answered sooner, rather than later, is: Who will speak for me if I cannot speak for… Continue reading Why Advance Care Planning?
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
From those of us at Friends of Hospice to all of you: we wish you and yours peace, love, and comfort during this holiday season. With Christmas just a few days away we want to share some ideas that may be helpful in dealing with loss during this time of the year. Take what works… Continue reading Tips for Handling the Holidays