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I lost a glove and I lost a sister

I have other gloves. I can buy more.

I have no other sisters. So I should say I lost my sister.

Winter came; she left. I had no clue how the term passing is so accurate to describe death. 635 more words


That sticky ‘stage theory’ of grief

By Leanne Billiau

“Every one can master a grief but he that has it.”
-William Shakespeare

This week we re-post one of the most talked-about posts from the Caring with Confidence archives.  540 more words



Dad had brunch with my sister today, then she took him to chemo. I have no hospital hallway stories to tell today. Sorry.

Dad is doing well; cleaning his garden shed out, winterizing his yard, helping mom decorate the facility for the fundraising banquet and, of course, making beet pickles. 603 more words

Knowing what to expect during the dying process

By Terre Mirsch 

Last week we talked about how to be with the dying and the discomfort that we sometimes feel when we shift our focus from one of “doing for” to one of “being with.” Lack of understanding regarding what to expect during the dying process often leads to fear and anxiety—both of which may get in the way of our ability to be fully present with our loved one. 746 more words

Hospice Care

Being with the dying

By Terre Mirsch

As a hospice and palliative care nurse, I have had the honor of being at the bedside of many during the dying process and at the time of death. 612 more words


The dying process: Creating a personalized plan for your unique journey

By Terre Mirsch

Death, like birth, is a rite of passage that each one of us experiences. It is part of the natural order of life. 751 more words


How do you define dignity, the essential element in hospice care?

By Patty Ayers

One of the core philosophies of hospice care is respect for the dignity of the individual. As I write this blog entry, I have to admit that I’m having a difficult time trying to express how I would personally define dignity.  751 more words