Category Archives: Homecare

Thread of Life

From one end to the other, a single continuous strand. Deliciously delicate. Colorful and bright. Our job is to see it through without breaking it. At times, a breeze to follow, the pattern recognizable and clear. At others, an indecipherable tangle, … Continue reading

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Lift Off to Re-entry

As the plane relinquished it’s contact with land, grief surrendered my body. Breathing the knowing that the physical evidence of death was far below on the ground created space to consider things from a less encumbered perspective. The pain filled … Continue reading

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Nearing Death Awareness

Nearing Death Awareness is the technical term for what is now happening to my mom. While it is true that there are times she is experiencing hallucinations caused by the medications, these are generally characterized by alterations of things that … Continue reading

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Grief Before Mourning

While end of life caregiving is filled with everyday miracles large and small, there is no escaping reality. As a single grain of sand is to the beach; so too the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual demands of caregiving are … Continue reading

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Demystifying Death – Hospice Care or ‘Chopped Episode’?

Three years ago, setting out on what felt like the first of many ‘Chopped’ episodes in the caregiver odyssey season, I opened the appetizer basket. At first glance, key ingredients, like starting life in a new community, discovering local resources, … Continue reading

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