Is it hard to work in the field of hospice?

Published on April 6, 2021

Updated on December 25, 2023

People often say to me, “It must be challenging to work in hospice.” Unfortunately, due to HIPAA regulations, I cannot share photos of the events that occur. However, let me share a poignant moment from today—a dying individual's final wish was to feel the warmth of the sun on their face one last time. And we made that wish come true. This seemingly simple gesture held immense significance for both the patient and their family.

The Fulfillment of a Last Wish

Sometimes, it's the smallest actions that carry the most profound meaning. I am asked why I love being a , and the answer is clear. Despite considering myself an ordinary person from various perspectives, I believe that in the grand scheme of things, I'm just a nobody. However, this role allows me to touch the lives of others, even if it's in the tiniest of ways.

Everyday Moments, Extraordinary Impact

Each day in this field brings unique experiences that reinforce my passion. I remember the sun's gentle caress on a person's cheeks as their family proudly displayed the flowers they had planted. On another occasion, I managed to ease a person's respiratory distress, ensuring their comfort as they peacefully passed away. And then there was the day before, when I guided a family through the painful journey of bidding farewell to their loved one. These moments, blessed by a higher power, allowed them to hold their dear one's hand until the very end.

Blessings in Disguise

While fatigue occasionally overtakes me, and I feel like I can't take another step, I realize that I am the one receiving blessings. Despite being an ordinary individual, I can step into a temporary spotlight of significance for those in need.

Conclusion

In the realm of , it's the seemingly modest actions that resonate deeply with patients, families, and caregivers. As a , I've learned that even in the midst of challenging days, I am the recipient of invaluable blessings by being a “somebody” to those who require comfort and solace.

Resources

Providing Comfort During the Last Days of Life with Barbara Karnes RN (YouTube Video)

Preparing the patient, family, and caregivers for a “Good Death”

Velocity of Changes in Condition as an Indicator of Approaching Death (often helpful to answer how soon? or when?)

The Dying Process and the End of Life

The Last Hours of Life

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Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience

The Eleventh Hour: A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes Before Death

By Your Side , A Guide for Caring for the Dying at Home

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