But after my death let it be known that in my old age, at the very end of my life, there was still plenty that made me smile. Orhan Pamuk, author of My Name Is Red
November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. A daughter I interviewed for my book, Mom’s Gone, Now What? was so positively impacted by the hospice care her mother received that, as an adult, she became a lifelong hospice volunteer. Hospice and palliative care frequently make a profound, positive difference in the lives of families and patients.
What is the difference between hospice and palliative care? Hospice care is for terminally ill patients when treatment is no longer curative during the last six months of life. Palliative care can be employed while the patient is continuing active treatment through different phases of their life-limiting condition. Both provide comfort to the patient.
Affirmation: I’m grateful for the volunteers and professionals who provide hospice and palliative care.
Coaching request: If you are a patient or family member dealing with a life-threatening condition, consider hospice or palliative care now or in the future.