Ordinary people can do hospice well... and they should.
Is there a right way to die?
EVERY YEAR, OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE RECEIVE HOSPICE CARE IN AMERICA
When Jack Moore declines the surgery that might save his life, his eleven adult children cancel their lives, pack their bags and descend on Minneapolis, MN. Crowding together in a tiny two-room apartment, they settle in, look around and wonder, "Now what?"
Partly instructional, partly personal, HOSPICE ISN'T A PLACE answers the "Now what?" question and invites the reader to experience one family's hospice story as it unfolds, the way it really is: Intense, uplifting, unnerving and, sometimes, surprising.
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five common myths about hospice:
1. People think Hospice is a PLACE
2. People think HOSPCE is a DEATH sentence
3. People think HOSPICE is EXPENSIVE
4. People think HOSPICE means RELINQUISHING CONTROL
5. People think they have to WAIT until a DOCTOR brings it up
We sat there a long while
stringing toes in the water
counting seconds, minutes, days
and then we wandered away
One or two at a time
we stepped off quietly on our own
setting down in the river
a splash, a ripple, a turn to the sun
a bow and a wave
We set out, laying back
feet first to the current, palms up
'til it spun us around
to the deep blue