This lovely story shares the experience of being the care support for a friend in chemotherapy… We Have Done This Before Nan Collie We stop at the store and buy eight bags of frozen peas – two bags for each ankle, each hand, in hopes of evading the chances of neuropathy when the Taxol begins…
In this beautifully moving essay, Brenda Miller explores the challenges and rewards of moving her elderly parents to live in Bellingham, reflecting on the turning cycles of care from parent to child and the ways she and her mother negotiate their grief and loss when her father dies.
In this song, Who Will Care for You?, Linda Allen explores the weariness and feelings of being overwhelmed that often are part of the caregiver’s experience.
Who Will Care for the Caregivers? “Some 40 million Americans give daily help to a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor, assisting with basic things like dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation…there’s more we medical professionals can do to improve the way we engage, support and educate them.”
How Can We Prepare For A Graceful Death? About BJ Miller’s TED TALK : At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients.
After a Cancer Diagnosis, Reversing Roles With My Mother After Cancer Diagnosis : “I’d become my mother’s travel guide in this new country of illness.”
Finding the Meaning of Death in a Concert Hall In this article, a hospice nurse remembers how music helped her reflect on the suffering in inherent in her job, and her need to offer people hope. Not hope of cure – but of pain relieved and comfort given.