The Promise -Grace DiPipi It was my father’s 84th birthday on February 12th, 1976 and the family got together to celebrate with cake and coffee. I baked a birthday cake and went to his home with my husband and my two children, who were 5 and 7 years old. He was very happy to celebrate […]
Faith and Death By Mary Chory – On July 13 and on August 28, 2013, it was 40 years since my 21 year old brother and my Mom died 6 weeks apart. It was the summer of 1973 when my big Irish family of 7, shockingly, became a family of 5. So here we were—Dad, myself […]
Small Moments for Compassion By Andy Probolus MD FAAFP – I try more and more to be aware for the small moments during the course of clinical work that can be moments for providing compassionate presence to another. Our attention is automatically on the patients who stand at the center of care we provide. What […]
“Being” at the Hospice Bedside By Marygrace Lomboy- I sometimes have to remind myself that not every moment at the bedside means “doing” something for my patient approaching end of life. Having worked as a nurse for many years, I finally understand that “being with” is just as important as the “doing for”. It is […]
Auntie Rita By Marian West – I shall never forget accompanying Rita in her final battle. It was one of the highest honors of my 14-month mission in Brooklyn, NY, with Heart’s Home (www.heartshomeusa.org). Our mission was simply to be a presence of compassion, and to offer friendship to the isolated, lonely, and suffering ones. […]
Alzheimer’s Antics -by Linda Forte Alzheimer’s is a serious disease. But it is important to acknowledge some of the humorous times and remember that this is still a vital time of life for those experiencing it, so don’t be afraid to laugh a little and love a lot.