hospice & palliative care
Since 1992, the month of November has been designated to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care and provide information about important care issues for people coping with serious illness. This year's theme is Hospice.Helps.Everyone.
This November, hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness and dispel myths about hospice and palliative care. For example, some people believe that hospice is a place, but 70 percent of hospice care takes place for patients who are in their own homes.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. As it happens, I just led a retreat for the wonderful staff of Hospice of the Western Reserve a couple weeks ago. The setting was gorgeous, healing in its own right – Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland, Ohio.
I was asked to speak by Stephen Adams, a gifted, gentle pastor and Reiki practitioner I've known for years. He wanted to make sure everyone knew about the healing power of guided imagery for their patients and families, and also for themselves. The work these professional caregivers do can be incredibly gratifying and uplifting, but it's difficult, too, because, of course, they carry around a lot of their own accrued grief and loss.