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First Book Published

Here’s a really neat story in my life! I have just brought home the first 100 printed books of Conversations: Living Through the Process of Dying. A book I wrote to help people talk about their wishes and needs when … Continue reading

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Failures

Are they for loss? I’d venture to say every failure is a stepping stone closer to a dream come true. If not a dream, perhaps getting closer to a goal or a vision.  We ALL have points in time where the result … Continue reading

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Celebrating Accomplishments

A recurrent theme crossing my life lately is to celebrate your accomplishments. Going ahead and taking time to acknowledge and enjoy a moment in time because of a goal or project being met. One of my celebrations today is that … Continue reading

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Not a Performance

I have been trying to process through the verbal comments I hear regarding my work.  The process has been necessary and helpful. The most important perspective is that my work is not a performance.  There is no planned choreography, no scripts, no calculated … Continue reading

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People’s Choice

During End of Life care, there is a drive to allow and to facilitate people in making their own choices for their care.  The challenge is to help them choose realistic and beneficial goals.  Always encouraging safety, comfort and dignity. The … Continue reading

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Giving Time

One valuable product we all can give to any one is the gift of our time. By sitting, listening and interacting in a conversation much can be accomplished. I think trust and willingness to partner in end of life care is one of the largest … Continue reading

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Aspiration Pneumonia

Aspiration pneumonia is the medical term when food/fluids or phlegm of any kind go down the wrong pipe!  This is different from a bacterial pneumonia where there is an infection. At the end-of-life swallowing can be unnatural and difficult.  A … Continue reading

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A Personal Note

This season I am walking along side a friend at the end-of-her life.  The combination of being the nurse and friend is letting me “feel” the weight of grief and see the beauty of life. Once again I get to observe the heroism … Continue reading

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Decisions

All over the world tonight, people are making decisions.  Some of these folks are needing to decide if they will travel for their work or if they should keep their plans for a trip. Let’s keep these folks in our thoughts…especially … Continue reading

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