All of us at hospice repeatedly learn the value of love, patience, and
strength. Our patients and their families teach us this every day.
As a social worker, I enter patients’ lives at a very difficult time:
when they have recently learned their illness has progressed, and they
are now facing the final stages of their lives. Every patient’s
emotional needs are different, but I encourage each family to be open
to the variety of emotions experienced and I guide them through what may
be the hardest time they will ever know.
Together, we work to find comfort and peace, to balance the good with the
bad. I recognize and deeply value the strength and grace patients and
their loved ones show me.
This helps me in turn -- I can share what I have learned from them with
future families I serve.
I am always honored when a family allows hospice into their home and life.
Because of my work, I understand how important it is to create good memories
at the end of life’s journey and I am grateful to be part of that
process for so many in our community.