Learning the Value of Love, Patience and Strength
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.