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Hospice

date
Oct
23
2013

On Grief and Healing

I began working in the world of grief in 2007, officially becoming a bereavement counselor for a hospice in Chicago a few months after I graduated from my masters program. I did so almost with curiosity, which is strange to look back on now that this path I’ve been on seems so strong and so Read more…

date
Aug
18
2011

Connecting

A couple of months ago I wrote about my friends Ron and Ken, a couple I had the privilege of meeting just before I moved away from Chicago. Ken died just days after I left and I’ve been following along through email and via Ron’s blog to see how he’s been doing. This week in Read more…

date
Jun
14
2011

On Remembering Those Quiet Days

After my father died I found myself living alone in his condominium in Orange County. The days following his death were lonely ones. After having lived with him for so long it felt impossibly strange and disquieting to come home to those rooms by myself. I turned on music and opened the patio doors to Read more…

date
May
16
2011

On Finishing My Tenure With Hospice, After Almost 4 Years

The biggest difference between my parent's deaths was the circumstances surrounding them. My mother died in a hospital in D.C. at 3 in the morning. Her sister was with her, but my father and I were not. She had been in that hospital for 6 weeks, undergoing experimental surgeries for "last hope" patients. Two months Read more…

date
Sep
15
2010

On Grieving and the Internet

I was interviewed this week for an article called The Way We Grieve, about the various coping methods that have arisen in today's modern age. It's a subject I'm always interested in discussing, particularly in how it pertains to the internet. Although it didn't appear in the article, the interviewer and I talked at length Read more…

date
Oct
16
2009

Friday Morning Worries

Dear Bug, If something were ever to happen to me, this is the letter I would most want you to read. I think a lot about what it would be like for you to grow up without me, your mother. I suppose it has a lot to do with my having lost my own mother Read more…

date
Apr
09
2009

Besides Baby

I was thinking this morning about how all I've been writing about lately is the baby. And not without good reason. This is all a huge life change and there's lots to think about and do and say about it all. But that said, there are still other things happening in my life these days. Read more…

date
Nov
06
2008

Life Goes On

Election day was bittersweet for me. Just before I left the house in the afternoon to get on the train to head downtown to meet Greg, I learned that my favorite hospice patient died. He’s been a patient of ours for a year and for the last ten months I’ve visited him every week. His Read more…

date
Sep
15
2008

Monday at Home

  It’s Monday morning and almost 9AM. I’m still in my pajamas, at my desk, and I’m not going in to the office today. I worked all weekend, leading a 3 day hospice volunteer training for a dozen people. The experience left me quite drained but also really grateful for the people who drove through Read more…

date
Aug
29
2008

On Death & Dying

I’ve been having a hard time at my job. Certain aspects of it have been getting to be too much for me. I still enjoy the counseling. I enjoy visiting patients and families and I think I do good work with them. It’s so meaningful and restorative to me to be able to help someone Read more…