A Woman Worth Knowing

A Woman Worth Knowing

A Woman Worth Knowing The call from the staff came at 9:46 AM: Florence had lost her ability to swallow.  Things progressed quickly from there. I’m glossing over the details now, the things that all families go through in the final days.  It’s too raw...
A String of Good Days

A String of Good Days

Updated 9/23/17 A String of Good Days I have again succumbed to the “string of good days” syndrome, not realizing I was adjusting my definition of “good” along the way.   Quality of Life When I was interviewed a couple of months ago for a story in the Portland Tribune...
A Hospice Conversation in Two Parts

A Hospice Conversation in Two Parts

A Hospice Conversation in Two Parts I recently came across a blog post (Speaking Up About Hospice) that had particular impact for me, as I now find myself in the position of professional/kinda-sorta family member. Florence (not her real name, of course) has been my...