“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Very early on in my tenure as a writer in residence at the Hospice, I was given a very difficult assignment. In the morning meeting, held before the patients arrived, I was told that should Janine come that day, I would be asked to work with her. In other words, I would be expected to spend a couple of hours with her, and listen, and keep her engaged and chat. This was deemed good for her, and something that would help.
In truth, I felt that Janine was something of a hopeless case. She was an alcoholic and the Hospice was keen to find space for her for two reasons. Firstly, they were short…
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Growing old is something we are all going to experience one day. It might not be all fun and bingo all the time – but the alternative is a lot worse. When your parents are starting to get older, you’d want to make their lives as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
There are a lot of emotions on the line, though, and caring for someone close to you is quite different than taking care of someone you only know as a patient.
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