Category Archives: The Journey That Is Hospice

Thought For The Day 03/14/14

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Heavens Gate

 

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Heavens-Gate

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A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.  

Thomas Mann, “The Magic Mountain”

http://www.quotegarden.com/death.html

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There comes a time when all of us must face something that can be so painful to bear, it feels to us like our very heart has been snatched away, as if by some thief in the night. We look around, helpless, confused, not knowing which way it is we must turn. We ask of each other if there is something….anything….that we can do to change the current course of events, and when we realize the answer is NO, we are left feeling impotent and empty and sad. And when this confusion involves the life threatening illness of special people in our lives, it can be nearly impossible to accept that there are simply some things that happen that are completely beyond our capacity to fix and make better. Indeed, it is as instinctive for us to want to make it all better for those we love, as it is for us to draw breath. But like most things that come into our lives, the time we share with those we love so much is finite. And while in our lifetime, those milliseconds shared feel like an eternity, in the general course of what it is that measures time in the universe, the same experience is but a drop in the bucket.

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Even for those of us who have devoted, what seems like a lifetime, of years working with people who are terminally ill, when the chicken comes home to roost, so to speak, all those years and years of education and training and saying just the right thing at the right time, seems to fly right out the window. And then we, like anyone else, stumble and stammer and cry our way through the same exact heart-break and grief the rest of the world experiences. I know. Having been there several times, myself, knowing what my head tells me and then feeling what it is that my heart feels, makes for a decision as fraught with confusion and angst as the one that necessitated King Solomon to judge and decree that the only solution for the two women each laying claim to the newborn babe, would be to cut the baby in half and give half of the child to each woman (1Kings 3: 16-28)! And just as it was that the true and rightful mother turned to King Solomon and renounced her claim to the child, so it is that we must renounce our claim to manage the life force of the one we love, and turn the matter back to the true Father….the only one who is in control of the true destiny of all of mankind. It is when we are able to do this that we really set free the spirit of those we love to seek out the path that they must follow. And sometimes that path leads to the light. And sometimes it doesn’t. But the course is no longer ours to determine. And this is as it should be!

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Swan Song

written by: Amanda Pierce Bruscella

 

I lie in wait as gentle lips caress my feverish brow,

And lend their comfort to my soul that all is calm for now.

But I will trust my Lord and King with all that is within,

That He will keep me safe from harm as day time light grows dim.

And should my waking be no more, of that I will not fear

As I draw closely once again to one I love so dear,

Who seeks to wrap me in His arms and carry me to my home

He shares His glory with my soul while I sit by His throne.

So fear not, all who love me so, with hands clasped to my breast,

Because I know our time is borrowed and time flies by so fast!

 

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV

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Thought For The Day 06/05/13

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Do You Know What Hospice Is?

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Peace my heart…

Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.

Rabindranath Tagore

http://www.allspirit.co.uk/dying.html

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Do you understand exactly what Hospice is? Most people do not. Most people think a Hospice is a place. And in some communities, it is! In some communities, it is a place where someone for whom a cure for disease is no longer a possibility, will go to be kept in comfort for the days that are left to them. However Hospice is so much more than a place. You see, Hospice is a concept! Hospice is a vision! Hospice is a gift! Hospice is LOVE!

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Hospice is a multidisciplinary approach, designed to provide comfort and support to both patients and their families when a physician has determined that an illness is no longer likely to respond favorably to curative measures. It is at this time that a care plan is developed by a team whose most important member is the PERSON WHO IS ILL and their FAMILY. Joining them in the planning is the PHYSICIAN, usually a Hospice NURSE, sometimes a SOCIAL WORKER, often a CHAPLAIN or MINISTER, usually a HOME HEALTH AIDE, and often a team of VOLUNTEERS! Their mission? To design a plan of care with a goal of optimizing a patient’s QUALITY OF LIFE by providing the medical care and symptom control (pain management) that will afford the person for whom care is being rendered COMFORT, but even more importantly, DIGNITY during their last days. And in case you were wondering…..NO, Hospice care does not prolong a person’s life nor does it hasten a person’s death.

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The modern concept of Hospice was first envisioned by Dr. Cicely Saunders in Great Britain in the 1960’s and the it “crossed the pond” to the United States in 1974, with Connecticut the first state to have a Hospice program officially established. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, of which I am a proud member, today there are more than 4,700 programs in the United States and in 2007, nearly 1.4 million people received Hospice Services. About 80% of Hospice patient’s received services in their homes. The remaining 20% received care in an inpatient facility. [http://www.nhpco.org/]

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The Bible is consistent and clear about what our responsibility is (or at least should be) to our elderly and our sick. And while the Lord does not minimize other requirements necessary for salvation…..things such as faith, prayer, sacraments, chastity, truth and honesty, there is one thing that He views as an absolute imperative by which our living must be guided. This includes the way we treat each other, especially those who are infirmed, whether in body or in spirit! Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV), sums it up beautifully by reminding us, 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ And I can not think of anything that fits the Hospice concept more perfectly, than this! Actually, I can not think of any concept that fits Matthew 19:19 (NIV), 19 ‘honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’, than this, either, since it is usually our parent who receives the benefit of this gift of love during the days that are left…..when the time of living is at an end!

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So if you are beginning to face either your own ending of days of the ending of days of a loved one, remember there are gifts that can yet be shared. And they are gifts that will reap you bountiful rewards in this life, AND in the next! Speak with your physician to start the process and referrals will be made based on what you will need and what your insurance will cover (Hospice care is a covered benefit under nearly all insurance policies here in the United States), and when the time is appropriate, referrals will be initiated. It is the greatest gift you can give those you love and yourself! Allow your parting one from the other to be joyful and memory creating experience for you both!

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In the following video, the President of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Donald Schumacher, provides information about Hospice care. Donald covers the different types of hospice care that are available. He also provides advice on how to select a hospice and how to know when your loved ones are ready for Hospice care.

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“Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.’ Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.”

Ecclesiastes 12:1-3 (NLT)

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Thought For The Day 08/05/12

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A Letter From Heaven!

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Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us. Our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

Albert Einstein

http://quotegarden.com/death.html

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Once again, I find my heart being drawn to the subject of Hospice. Actually, it most probably never left my heart to begin with. Now I am not just thinking about nor do I refer solely to the family who chooses to allow the one they love to remain in the comfort of their home for the days remaining to them. I am also thinking about all of those who so selflessly minister to the dying either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. And for those who choose Hospice as a vocation, it is a journey as difficult as any that can be undertaken. However, once you find yourself compelled to enter this arena of care, although there will be days fraught with the pendulum of emotions that naturally accompany this mission, you never really find yourself relieved of the ever-present tug on your heart-strings to provide what you can in the service of those who are dying. After all, there is no greater gift any person can bestow upon another than the capacity to comfort and care for those who are about to embark on their final days of life.

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I was reminded of the specialness of the family members as well as the dedicated men and women members of the Hospice team by something I read recently. It does not specifically address the care these people provide nor does it talk about the process that was dying in and of itself. Rather, It speaks from the heart of one who has completed the journey and who is trying to reassure those left behind that while mourning is inevitable, it really is something for the survivors left behind rather that the one that passed away. And even though we think mourning is felt solely by those connected by blood it is also felt by all who invest their hearts into the care of the person dying as well as their family. It is a story that reassures that all is well on this new journey being undertaken by the one we said goodbye to because dying is not gone. Dying is simply the next step in the journey we all, every single creature that lives, human and non human alike, must undertake.

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A Letter From Heaven

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To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say, But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.

I’m writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above, Where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal Love.

Please do not be unhappy, just because I’m out of sight, Remember that I’m with you, every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and said, ” I welcome you”.

“It’s good to have you back again. You were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.

I need you here so badly as part of my big plan. There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man”.

Then God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do. And foremost on that list of mine, is to watch and care for you.

I will be beside you, every day of the week and year, And when you’re sad I’m standing there, to wipe away the tear.

And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on Earth, and all those loving years, Because you’re only human, there’s bound to be some tears.

One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over, I am closer to you now than I ever was before.

And to my many friends, trust God knows what is best. I am not far away from you, I’m just beyond the crest.

There are rocky roads ahead for you and many hills to climb, Together we can do it, taking one day at a time.

It was my philosophy and please I’d like for you, To give unto the world, so the world will give to you.

If you can help someone who’s in sorrow or in pain, Then you can say to God at night, my day was not in vain.

And now I am contented that my life it was worthwhile, Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

When you’re walking down the street and I am on your mind, I’m walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.

And when you feel a gentle breeze of wind upon your face, That’s me giving you a great big hug, or just a s oft embrace.

When it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, Remember you are not going, you are coming home to me.

I will always love you, from that place way up above, I will be in touch again soon.

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P.S. God sends his love

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We all have shared in the heartbreak of losing someone we have loved dearly. It is my hope that these beautiful words shared today will be as a balm to the soul for all of those reading who find themselves torn by missing those they have loved but lost. We are never parted from our loved ones for very long. Not really. We carry them within us in our hearts as we continue on with the business of living. We see their goodness every time we look in the mirror or think back on the joyous days shared. And when we have faith and know and trust in God, we understand that we all will be joined together for all eternity, when our earthly days have been completed. However, we also know that reunions will not be our primary focus in heaven. Instead, we all will be united in the worshipping of our heavenly Father with all who believe as we do, but most especially, with those whose love we shared while we were on earth!

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So we are always of good courage. We know that while we
are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8

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Thought For The Day 07/10/12

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The Last and Best Gift We Can Bestow

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When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. 

Indian Saying

http://www.quotegarden.com/carpe-diem.html

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This has been adapted from a previous post of mine, written nearly a year ago, 07/17/11.

Mandy

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Loss has occupied my mind so much in recent months. And while sudden loss is so very devastating for families, even when there is time to prepare for those final moments of life, so many find themselves traveling down the road and into the face of the unknown, alone and without support. However, more and more hospitals and community agencies find themselves relying on the invaluable services of individuals who act as a spiritual guide in helping so many through the difficult days as one’s life force wanes. Not all people of faith are prepared for the role as a Hospice Chaplain, but when drawn to this area of ministry, the Chaplain becomes an indispensable member of the medical team in managing the care needs of the dying.

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Every family who chooses Hospice care comes into the program with their own views on dying. These views were either learned by years of witnessing the passing of family members, or learned as part of the cultural and religious teachings received throughout their lives. And it should never be the place of those outside the family dynamic to attempt to foster new beliefs to those who enter the realm of the dying. Indeed, what we must do is work to learn and understand the preconceived notions or beliefs already in place and then tailor the services we provide to those existing foundations of faith. Our natural instinct as people of faith, whether supportive care providers or clergy, is to try to heal the spirit of those who are suffering. That is not the case with Hospice because with physical pain, suffering and dying comes it’s emotional and spiritual counterpart. And it is a gentle guiding of the spirit of those who are terminally ill to their predetermined destination with the all-encompassing power which has guided their life, that needs to be the mission of the supportive network of providers. Now I stated “all-encompassing power” rather than God because there will be times when the family we service will request or desire chaplaincy services, even if they are not Christian.

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Hospice chaplaincy requires a commitment to being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Death is not a 9 to 5 job and so understanding that you may be called to support a patient and family in the middle of the night is a very real possibility. You leave your home, often in the middle of the night, driving long distances on roads empty of cars. This type of commitment impacts everyone in the family of the chaplain and it is my belief that deciding on this type of service requires a family “sit down” where everyone’s opinion needs to be voiced and listened to. If your spouse is not comfortable with the possibility being alone at night, sometimes for hours at a time, then you need to re think the decision to embark on this path. Dying does not wait for your sick child to get better. Dying does not wait for your dinner to be finished and your dishes washed. Dying does not wait for the celebratory times in your life, like birthdays, to be over.

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So many people who are considering Hospice care as their vocation believe they will be able to maintain a degree of emotional detachment and that they will be able to handle witnessing the dying of another without being overly affected. This generally is not the case. Every single family cared about and for will become a part of your heart and you will cry and feel remorse and grieve their loss with the same pain they themselves feel. There are generally 2 polar opposites when it comes to providing Hospice care……the person for whom Hospice becomes a passion and they find they are able to provide spiritual care to the dying community for the long haul….and the person who finds that each case they see becomes harder and harder until discovering, often surprisingly, the realization strikes that you can’t face one more death. And there is nothing wrong with either scenario. We are human and each of us has our own capacity for being able to handle the roller coaster ride of emotions that Hospice service brings. However, a great deal introspection as well as prayer are not just fundamental, but imperative, as well, before embarking on this vocation. If there is a little voice that questions the decision to begin this type of ministry, then it should be postponed for the time being. But when it feels right, the role of Hospice Chaplain is tremendously rewarding and leads us to provide the most important gift we can bestow on families facing end of life, which is generally life’s most difficult challenge for us all!

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Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:23-26

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Thought For The Day 07/06/12

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The Thing We All Face

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Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. 

Erich Fromm

http://www.quotegarden.com/life.html

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Recently, both in my personal as well as my professional life, I have borne witness to the heartbreak of loss….many of those losses far too early in what constitutes time as we know it to exist. And perhaps it is because I am broadening my horizons in terms of my faith, but it seems I am being called upon more and more to lend both solace as well as spiritual support to those who feel as if their hearts have been ripped from their chests. I have shared tears of grief. I have offered prayers. I have posted videos and music meant to console and ease the pain that is being felt. I have even posted comedy bits for some who seem to gain some measure of solace from laughing again at the things that brought them so much shared joy with the one they loved but lost!

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Mourning is an incredibly personal experience for us all, even between family members within the same household. There is no explaining it. It simply is what it is and the stages are traveled through at a different pace for everyone. Some seem to be glued to the anger part as if somehow hating God and everyone else might just sap the little strength they have left.  In its place, they seek to form a cocoon of numbness in an attempt to insulate themselves from the pain of a heart that is empty. The denial part is something I see increasingly these days. This is happening more and more before death has even snatched life from the one we love. We refuse to see what is plainly in front of our faces, instead sometimes pushing the one we care about far beyond what is physically possible for them. Denial only serves to rob us of the quality time where we could and should be discussing the important things, tying up loose ends, putting our affairs in order and saying I Love You before the time comes to say goodbye. Mourning, you see, doesn’t only haunt us in the days following the ceasing of the heart. It is often a journey embarked on well in advance of the time when weeks left to live turn into seconds.

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Our time here is finite. It was our destiny to die even from the moment we first drew breath. And while we hope that death comes calling while we are comfortably and peacefully asleep in our beds at some advanced age, this is usually not the reality we face. Death respects no age or faith or gender. And while we who profess belief in the Almighty know in our heads that what awaits us is more glorious that anything we could ever dream possible, the very human side of us quivers and quakes in fear at the prospects of that which, in reality, is the realm of the unknown. So how do we navigate these uncharted waters we all must sail through? Educate yourself! Talk to your medical team and make sure they explain everything to you in a way you understand. It’s amazing what a little knowledge can do to allay our fears.

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Decide on a time for a family conference. Decide what it is the person who is sick wants and decide if it is something you can support. Talk about the kind of care you want and where you want to get it. Do you want aggressive care where you are kept alive at all costs? Do you want to be resuscitated if your heart stops? Or do you simply want to be kept pain-free and comfortable? Putting all your cards on the table in terms of your expectations up front saves confusion down the road and can keep those who are left behind from guilt and confusion should they need to make decisions if you can not speak for yourself! Understanding that there is no right or wrong nor absolutes can be very reassuring. You might panic if a crisis occurs and you flip-flop, suddenly deciding you now want aggressive care where once you wanted to be at home surrounded by the laughter of wee ones. That is fine. It is your life, your call and your choice! Always hope for the best because we know miracles happen all the time, but always, ALWAYS prepare for the possibility that your answer from the Almighty might just be no.

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 “Let  not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s  house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to  prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come  again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know  the way to where I am going.”

John 14:1-4

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Thought For The Day 06/12/12

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Who Steers Our Ship?

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I don’t normally repeat my blogs. In fact, I don’t think I ever have and I have written somewhere in the neighborhood of 450 of them since March, 2011. Some were OK. Some were good and a couple were great. That is the way it is even when most of us don our thinking caps. Not every thought we each have during our waking moments is one of pure inspiration, as much as we might like to think it is, although I must say that I have had a few dreams where I rival some of the greatest inventors of all times with my creative genius! Now back to my blogs. The blog I want to repeat and share is one of my better ones and is very timely. Lately I have had a number of friends (and family) that have suffered the illness and declining of loved ones. Some of these loved ones have left this world while others have recovered. However, the decision for the path we are all destined to take is not our own to determine and sometimes we need a reminder of that fact. Also, I have many new fans of my blogs that may have missed this one the first time around. So here it is, once more. I hope it touches you as much as it touched me the day I wrote it!

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As Time Goes “Bye”…..

(Thought For The Day 03/16/12)

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A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own. 

Thomas Mann

 “The Magic Mountain”

http://www.quotegarden.com/death.html

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There comes a time when all of us must face something that can be so painful to bear, it feels to us like our very heart has been snatched away, as if by some thief in the night. We look around, helpless, confused, not knowing which way it is we must turn. We ask of each other if there is something….anything….that we can do to change the current course of events, and when we realize the answer is NO, we are left feeling impotent and empty and sad. And when this confusion involves the life threatening illness of special people in our lives, it can be nearly impossible to accept that there are simply some things that happen that are completely beyond our capacity to fix and make better. Indeed, it is as instinctive for us to want to make it all better for those we love, as it is for us to draw breath. But like most things that come into our lives, the time we share with those we love so much is finite. And while in our lifetime, those milliseconds shared feel like an eternity, in the general course of what it is that measures time in the universe, the same experience is but a drop in the bucket.

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Even for those of us who have devoted, what seems like a lifetime of years working with people who are terminally ill, when the chicken comes home to roost, so to speak, all those years and years of education and training and saying just the right thing at the right time, seems to fly right out the window. And then we, like anyone else, stumble and stammer and cry our way through the same exact heart-break and grief the rest of the world experiences. I know. Having been there several times, myself, knowing what my head tells me and then feeling what it is that my heart feels, makes for a decision as fraught with confusion and angst as the one that necessitated King Solomon to judge and decree that the only solution for the two women each laying claim to the newborn babe, would be to cut the baby in half and give half of the child to each woman (1Kings 3: 16-28)! And just as it was that the true and rightful mother turned to King Solomon and renounced her claim to the child, so it is that we must renounce our claim to manage the life force of the one we love, and turn the matter back to the true Father….the only one who is in control of the true destiny of all of mankind. It is when we are able to do this that we really set free the spirit of those we love to seek out the path that they must follow. And sometimes that path leads to the light. And sometimes it doesn’t. But the course is no longer ours to determine. And this is as it should be!

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Swan Song

written by: Amanda Pierce Bruscella

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I lie in wait as gentle lips caress my feverish brow,

And lend their comfort to my soul that all is calm for now.

But I will trust my Lord and King with all that is within,

That He will keep me safe from harm as day time light grows dim.

And should my waking be no more, of that I will not fear

As I draw closely once again to one I love so dear,

Who seeks to wrap me in His arms and carry me to my home

He shares His glory with my soul while I sit by His throne.

So fear not, all who love me so, with hands clasped to my breast,

Because I know our time is borrowed and time flies by so fast!

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)

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Thought For The Day 03/16/12

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As Time Goes “Bye”…..

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A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.  

Thomas Mann, “The Magic Mountain”

http://www.quotegarden.com/death.html

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There comes a time when all of us must face something that can be so painful to bear, it feels to us like our very heart has been snatched away, as if by some thief in the night. We look around, helpless, confused, not knowing which way it is we must turn. We ask of each other if there is something….anything….that we can do to change the current course of events, and when we realize the answer is NO, we are left feeling impotent and empty and sad. And when this confusion involves the life threatening illness of special people in our lives, it can be nearly impossible to accept that there are simply some things that happen that are completely beyond our capacity to fix and make better. Indeed, it is as instinctive for us to want to make it all better for those we love, as it is for us to draw breath. But like most things that come into our lives, the time we share with those we love so much is finite. And while in our lifetime, those milliseconds shared feel like an eternity, in the general course of what it is that measures time in the universe, the same experience is but a drop in the bucket.

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Even for those of us who have devoted, what seems like a lifetime, of years working with people who are terminally ill, when the chicken comes home to roost, so to speak, all those years and years of education and training and saying just the right thing at the right time, seems to fly right out the window. And then we, like anyone else, stumble and stammer and cry our way through the same exact heart-break and grief the rest of the world experiences. I know. Having been there several times, myself, knowing what my head tells me and then feeling what it is that my heart feels, makes for a decision as fraught with confusion and angst as the one that necessitated King Solomon to judge and decree that the only solution for the two women each laying claim to the newborn babe, would be to cut the baby in half and give half of the child to each woman (1Kings 3: 16-28)! And just as it was that the true and rightful mother turned to King Solomon and renounced her claim to the child, so it is that we must renounce our claim to manage the life force of the one we love, and turn the matter back to the true Father….the only one who is in control of the true destiny of all of mankind. It is when we are able to do this that we really set free the spirit of those we love to seek out the path that they must follow. And sometimes that path leads to the light. And sometimes it doesn’t. But the course is no longer ours to determine. And this is as it should be!

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Swan Song

written by: Amanda Pierce Bruscella

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I lie in wait as gentle lips caress my feverish brow,

And lend their comfort to my soul that all is calm for now.

But I will trust my Lord and King with all that is within,

That He will keep me safe from harm as day time light grows dim.

And should my waking be no more, of that I will not fear

As I draw closely once again to one I love so dear,

Who seeks to wrap me in His arms and carry me to my home

He shares His glory with my soul while I sit by His throne.

So fear not, all who love me so, with hands clasped to my breast,

Because I know our time is borrowed and time flies by so fast!

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)

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