Few things are as powerful as the bond between brothers and sisters. The connection can often seem unbreakable, until tested by tragedy. Without a doubt, when a child loses a sibling, it can prove a very difficult journey.
Imagine dedicating your career to some of the most difficult moments in a person’s life. Being the one to guide patients through painful treatments, to explain to family members what it means to deal with a terminal disease, to visit the community and advocate for the underserved. That means making a decision to care more, every day, without expecting a reward.
When staff and volunteers are introduced to hospice, they learn the root for the word hospice is hospitium, which is Latin for an inn or lodging. It’s the same root as hospitality. And it’s clear why: the comfort of home -- and compassion -- are what makes a great hospice staff or volunteer.
“Never put me in one of those nursing homes.”
These words haunt caregivers – adult children, spouses, partners, close friends – across the country. But when your parent struggles to find their way to the kitchen, you may be facing the question, “When is it not okay to leave my loved one at home alone anymore?”
Fred Marschel never felt more alive than when he was soaring through the air in his plane....To give Marschel the “Gift of a Day,” his care team in Kansas City worked closely with his daughter and pilot friends at the Lee’s Summit Airport to arrange a private flight over his hometown.