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Thanksgiving clichés from the heart

November 23, 2011

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

Maybe you dreaded it as a kid — the ritual of going around the dining room table so that each person could share what he or she was thankful for.  It put you on the spot, didn’t it?  You knew you should think of something different each year rather than repeat the same clichéd phrases: my mom and dad, my brother/sister, my health. . . .But as you’ve gotten older, has the ritual changed for you?  Become more meaningful because you have a better capacity to appreciate the blessings in your life?  I know it has for me. 

I am thankful for so many things.  Yes, all the clichéd ones: my husband and children, the health of my parents and other family members, a sturdy roof over my head every night.  But for the past few years, I’ve had one more thing to add to my list. 

I am thankful for this job.  I am thankful for the opportunity it brings me each day to educate our community about the benefits of end-of-life care.  I really didn’t know much about hospice care before I started working here.  I had no idea that the words “good” and “death” could be used in the same sentence, much less right next to each other.  But now I do.  And I hope that by reading some of the posts we’ve had on Hospice Matters that you know a little more about it too.

I am also thankful for you, the readers of this blog, who take a few minutes out of your day a couple of times a week to take in our message.  And I am especially grateful to those of you who make comments on the blog so that we know those messages are being heard.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  And when it’s your turn to share what you’re thankful for, don’t be afraid to go back to the clichés.  They come from the heart and that’s all that matters.

7 lessons for dealing with death

February 25, 2011

There are a lot of people out there in the digital world and almost everyone has an opinion.  Social media has promoted freedom of speech in ways that our founding fathers could never have imagined.  But the sheer number of blogs, posts, and comments about every topic under the sun is completely overwhelming.  I mean, who has time to read it all?  And do we even have extra space in our brain to accomodate these new perspectives?

Luckily for all you loyal Hospice Matters readers, we’re doing the prep work for you–just this once.   We’ve already read the blog that we plan to share with you and we think it’s great.  The author, Jason, is clearly a veteran of loss.  But rather than internally combust, he’s channeled his emotions into a blog that is honest, heartfelt, and at times rather raw.  Maybe the founding fathers wouldn’t appreciate it, but we think you will.

7 Lessons For Dealing With Death

P.S. Jason’s website is www.deathisdumb.com.  Just to be clear, we at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region do NOT think death is dumb.  Quite the contrary, in fact.  But we do like what Jason has learned through his experiences with loss.  Especially his devotion to hospice!