It’s a little chilly in your bathroom, but, you are sweating and have the fan strategically blowing in your face. Your color is pale, almost like a pre tanned vacation photo except you have look that alerts others you aren’t well. Eyes are sunken, the brightness that once was there is no more. The dark… Continue reading Thank You
People often ask often how I cope with seeing so much death… After all, the purpose of my job is to prepare people so that they have a peaceful and pain free passage. For the vast majority of the patients, death is almost a welcomed event. While leaving loved ones behind is not always the… Continue reading Rituals
I have to admit that I was super apprehensive about making this career change. Death is something that scares the bejeezus out of me. As a critical care nurse for many years, death was often times an answer to endless suffering. That doesn’t ever mean that I got comfortable with it. But, because I never… Continue reading Week Two or Weak, Too?
The day began really early today… Much earlier than I would like. The coffee didn’t have a chance to even make it to my gut before we were on our way. We were going to see a patient… younger who had been diagnosed with ALS. As typical for me, I was full of nervous anticipation. … Continue reading That Smile