February 17 is National Caregivers Day and as I researched statistics and thoughts on those unsung heroes in our lives, a beautiful story of caregiving appeared as if on cue. This story is from David, Cheryl’s husband, as he holds her close in her Alzheimers journey. My words and statistics could never say what heContinue reading “The Caregivers Among Us”
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A Colorado Chapter Begins….
Many of you are aware that we moved (back) to Colorado last month. Although Minnesota is where we grew up and where most of our family resides, the mountains continued to whisper in our ear since we left in 2014. What does this mean for Adeste and my work as an end of life doulaContinue reading “A Colorado Chapter Begins….”
The Vigil – A Tender Time
As an end-of-life doula and hospice volunteer, I am honored to ‘sit vigil’ with someone as they are actively dying. Healthcare providers may call this ‘transitioning’. This is the tender time as death draws near, and your loved one continues their journey away from their earthly body. What should you do? What can you expect?Continue reading “The Vigil – A Tender Time”
At the Intersection…Women Physician Day and Black History Month
I like to think I know a bit about hospice, including the story of Dame Cicely Saunders, regarded as the founder of hospice in London after World War II. The idea was planted in her heart when she worked with a Polish refugee after the war, then as a volunteer nurse in a hospital. FocusingContinue reading “At the Intersection…Women Physician Day and Black History Month”
A Toast to Women Physicians
National Women Physician Day is celebrated on February 3 every year (since 2017) – to honor the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Women who choose to become a physician today can give a nod to Elizabeth as she forged a path for them inContinue reading “A Toast to Women Physicians”
Pen and Paper – the Perfect Match!
Today, email and text messages make it quick and easy to communicate with our friends and family. Dash off a few lines and hit ‘send’. Whew! Took care of that! What about the low-tech, high-touch version of communicating with a letter you wrote by hand? Can you remember the last time you actually bought stampsContinue reading “Pen and Paper – the Perfect Match!”
‘Tis Almost the Season
Counting down the days until the holiday shopping frenzy begins? Checking your list twice, three times, then checking your budget four times? And now comes the ‘I don’t know what to give Grandma/Grandpa/auntie/neighbor because they don’t need more things’. Here are a few ideas to get your imagination revved up. The #1 request on manyContinue reading “‘Tis Almost the Season”
Hello, Doula! Are you there?
When is it time to consider adding a doula to your team? Is time limited due to a terminal diagnosis? Are you tending to a loved one and don’t know how to be helpful? Did you hear the word ‘hospice’ and can’t wrap your head around the idea? Are you grieving the loss of aContinue reading “Hello, Doula! Are you there?”
Choosing a Doula
The time has come. Maybe it is right around the corner. You want to add a doula to your team. Where do you start? How do you decide who is right for you? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a doula. Choose wisely. A doula can be a trusted companion during aContinue reading “Choosing a Doula”
Will a doula…
You may know what an end-of-life doula WILL do, but do you know what a doula will NOT do? There are two hard stops for me – money and medication. The other two items – insurance and orders – do not fall into the scope of doula services. Will a doula manage my money? AContinue reading “Will a doula…”