The following is a transcript of the first in my series of Dying Talks ™ videos—geared toward individuals who are facing end of life.
Welcome to Dying Talks™.
If you’re facing end of life, you may find that you don’t have anybody—or very few people—who are willing to talk with you about that.
I’ve been a nurse for a very long time, and I used to be certified as a hospice and palliative care nurse (Note: in the video I say that I’m still certified—and at the time I was. However, my certification has since expired).
I worked in hospice for 15 years, I worked in critical care before that, and I was with both my mom and my dad when they died.
I took care of my mom for many years and then through the last months and weeks and days and minutes of her life.
So, I have been with many people through this final season—and it’s such a sacred time.
The reason I want to have this series of Dying Talks™ is to provide those of you who are facing end of life with a place to receive some “in-person” encouragement.
Here, we’re going to cover some basic topics—which I’ll couch in the fact that every person’s situation is unique and that you should speak with your own health care team about your specific needs.
So, this is general information—not specific advice for you.
I just want you to know that you are not alone and that you don’t need to take this journey alone.
Both offer fabulous support—physical, psychosocial, and spiritual—for you and for your family members.
You know, many people don’t want to talk about end-of-life because they’re not sure what’s next.
In that light, I have to share that I’m a Christian and I look forward to the day when I get to go Home to be with Jesus and with my loved ones who have gone before me.
If that’s something that you want to know more about, I would love to talk with you.
But I’m not going to beat you over the head with the Bible in these talks, I promise, because I respect everyone’s different belief systems.
These talks are going to be on specific topics for general information.
And they’re going to be short and sweet.
Because depending on where you are in your journey, you might not have much energy.
Which is my cue to wrap things up.
This is Dying Talks™ and I’m Sue Montgomery.
I’m so glad you’re here and am looking forward to this journey with you.
And remember, God loves you, and so do I.