“The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you ...”
These are the famous words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, shortly before the D-Day invasion during World War II, signaling the beginning of the end of a war that left the world battered, exhausted and shocked at the inhumane crimes committed throughout.
Hospice patient Frank Evans is a U.S. Navy veteran, retired Post Office supervisor, influential community leader—and above all, a life-long car lover. After a lifetime commitment of service to community and country, it was time for the 72-year-old motor head to receive the ultimate gift.
It can be hard to know when to designate a Power of Attorney. There are many people who believe that the execution of a Power of Attorney is something that can and should wait until it is “needed.” This is a misconception.
Many healthcare workers fail to realize that a hospice recommendation does not desert the patient. Despite years of education and experience, doctors still do not know the truth about hospice. While everyone has heard the adage “death is a part of life,” we reject the idea of a terminal illness until it becomes “real.” This common, natural response tends to prolong an unfortunate process to death. All too often, it prevents patients from receiving hospice care in time.
The time comes when all of us must face death. It may come quickly and unexpectedly. Or it could come as a diagnosis of a terminal illness, giving us more time to consider and process end-of-life care.
Many people have the misconception that hospice is only for the actively dying and that choosing hospice means giving up hope. Maybe they are afraid to let go because then it means it could happen to them. Maybe they are afraid that choosing comfort care only can mean choosing death.