Normally in this blog post we write about the experience of providers, patients and families as they work together to return to health and daily activity. But when this is no longer an option, the end-of-life experience can also be one of learning, empowerment, compassion and love. This month, we make observations about our family’s recent experience with Hospice. This one’s dedicated to you, Pop.
When we go to a doctor, we require two different things: First, we want someone skilled and knowledgeable who can diagnose us correctly. But we also want someone who can attend to our suffering, not just to our illness. We need someone to trust in moments of fear and vulnerability. We want more than answers; we want reassurance.