A Burden is Lifted

I wish I could tell you how many times I have heard this comment from people who have had the help of a hospice team.  Even if it has been years since their loved one has died, you can still see the relief on their faces as they explain what hospice has done for them.

A well known fact is how hospice care helps the person with a terminal illness, the lesser known fact is how hospice care helps the family.  “Just knowing we were not alone,” or “A weight was lifted off of my shoulders,” seems to be how a burden is lifted off of a grieving person.

Caregivers are worried, exhausted, sad and have SOOOO MANY decisions to make when their loved ones are diagnosed with a terminal illness.  I believe they are in that mode of “just do the next thing.”  A hospice team (and any kind helping person) can think about the bigger picture and bring a bit of organization to a time of chaos… lifting a burden!





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