It was about this time that in-home hospice came in, and focused on his and his family’s quality of life. Keeping him as comfortable and pain free as possible, and allowing him to spend time with his wife and two sons is what was important. I remember our visits to his house, eating pizza, watching football games, and just making memories, knowing that our time together on Earth was very limited. On the day he left us, just three days after Christmas of 2010, many relatives and friends gathered at his home for one last goodbye. His house was packed with people, and we were crying, hugging, laughing, and remembering. I don’t think this would have been possible without the help of hospice care.
Hospice may signal the end of treatment, mark the end of keeping up false hopes, and when patients and families are forced to accept their ultimate fate. But, I think in a way, it opens the door for a spiritual and emotional healing. You are given the gift of quality time, rather than extra time, and there’s nothing scary about that.
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