Saturday, December 16, 2017

What is Hospice

Hospice?


People ask me, “What is Hospice?”

I almost cannot answer,
certainly not glibly or very succinctly.

Hospice honors dying,
not so much death as dying.

It is where the dying come
to rest, to be cared for, to be honored.
It is where the dying come
to find peace, to prepare for the new beginning.
It is where the dying come
to die in community,
the community of friends, family, ancestors, descendants,
and the community of nature and of spirit.

Hospice is where the dying come
to tell stories, share memories and gain perspective.
It is where the dying come
to receive and grant forgiveness
and sum up a lifetime with friends, family, community.

Hospice is where the dying come
to connect with the Life Source and
to contact ancestors and spirit guides
to help with the transition.

Hospice is a place of active dying not
leaving it in the hands of others or drugs or machines.

Hospice can be
Oneness, Joy, Ecstasy.

Hospice can be
Peace and Letting Go.

Life began in a Garden called Eden—
Let mine end in that garden called Hospice.



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