As you may remember, one of our 10 values at Heart ‘n Home is providing legendary customer service. This is taken very seriously because in hospice we only get one chance to do it right. I would like to share a great example from our Social Worker, Mandy, of putting this value into action:
The awareness of our pain is paramount in the attempt to decrease suffering. Carl Jung said, “If you get rid of the suffering before you answer its question, you get rid of the self [that is, the psyche of the soul] along with it.” Disease is a language that offers data about our inner as well as our outer world. Suffering does not have to end in hopelessness.
Palliative care is an umbrella term that refers to any techniques that reduce a patient’s symptoms. Unlike hospice care, palliative care is not exclusively for end-of-life care. However, palliative care is not intended to stop the cancer’s growth in ways that a curative therapy could. Patients can benefit from palliative care at any point during their treatment, and hospice care can help with the administration of some forms of palliative care.
When curing is no longer an option, healing is always possible. This is a truth we on the Heart ‘n Home Spiritual Care Team live by; however, what does it mean? This means that when held in the light of compassion, illness, and the fact that we are going to die creates opportunities for healing [...]
The importance of spiritual care differs from person to person. Some people may find peace in the rituals and traditions of organized religion, and others may need to evaluate the meaning of their life and relationships or to come to terms with unresolved issues. All hospices provide spiritual care / counseling as part of their service, often through the support of a Hospice Chaplain.