In Joyful Hope


Family and friends are an essential part of life . . . and death.

Just as the person facing death needs to prepare, so does the family.  Involve your family and friends, for your own good and for theirs.

Have "the conversation" - check out The Conversation Project and this Starter Kit

"Her life provides me the opportunity to serve and grow, and my children the opportunity to do the same as they witness firsthand what it means both to be old and to take care of the old. Through it all, we continue as a family to learn about forgiveness, respect, patience, and honoring others."  Cheryl Magness, "Why I want to live long and burden my children," The Federalist (9/26/14)

Help your family by preparing them for the joys and challenges of caregiving.  About Caregiving, Moments of Life, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

“'What we’re really talking about is something different than pain when we say ‘suffering.’ We’re talking about emotional, spiritual suffering . . . Quite often that suffering is not confined to the patient alone. It’s the families that say, ‘I just can’t take this.’ It’s the doctors and nurses who say, ‘This is just so sad, this is going on too long.’” Pro-life ... to the very end Despite the push to make physician-assisted suicide acceptable in society, death is not a choice we get to make,” Mariann Hughes, OSV Newsweekly (7/23/2014)

Don't wait too long to ensure you or a loved one get the care needed.  A good benchmark is to ask “would you be surprised if .  . . was not living in 6 months?”  If the answer is no, consider palliative care now.

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