Both in my professional career as a hospice nurse—and with my mom and dad—I’ve experienced the sacred space that is possible at end of life.
That’s why it’s a passion of mine, and why I’m so excited to offer our Peaceful Dying resources here.
Unfortunately, most people can’t conjure up any scenario in which the dying process and death could be considered something positive.
They cringe when the topic of death is mentioned and avoid such conversations at all costs.
This can be true across the spectrum of faith systems, and perhaps even more when there is no relationship with God at all.
While we all know that death is inevitable, the majority of individuals today are ill-prepared for what lies ahead—even when living daily with severe illness.
Even more sadly, there are many who spend their final days without the spiritual, emotional and physical comfort that is available—and leave this earth not knowing what’s next.
The 23rd Psalm is an oft-used scripture related to death and dying—and with good reason.
It provides such a comforting picture of what God offers us at this time, specifically in verse four: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me” (NASB).
Dave and I are respectful of each person’s perceptions about God—or desire to have nothing to do with Him at all.
As Christians, we find our hope and comfort in Jesus Christ.
If you don’t yet have a relationship with Jesus—and are interested in learning more about that—we’d love to hear from you.
On the flip side, if you aren’t the least bit interested in God, please stick around.
You can still find tremendous value in the resources offered here, and can pick and choose what you need.
As a hospice veteran and certified hospice and palliative care nurse (CHPN), I have accompanied many patients and their families during their end-of-life journeys to the very moment of death—including my dad, and later, my mom.
While dying can be hard work, being well-educated and well-prepared for this sacred season can make an amazing difference for both the person facing death and their family members.
There are many excellent resources available out there, and those I’m developing here will add additional benefit, with topics that include:
- how to have conversations about death and dying with your family members—a key focus of Dying Talks™;
- how to ensure that your wishes will be honored at end of life;
- how to make the most of the Golden Season™ at end of life, a phrase I coined that refers to the sacred season when an individual begins to focus on quality-of-life instead of extending life;
- strategies and considerations to help tackle the “bucket list” of important things you want to attend to;
- tools for attending to practical matters, such as estate and funeral planning;
- what you may expect as your condition progresses and resources for your family members;
- key principles of pain and symptom management and how to access needed resources;
- tools for spiritual and emotional support; and
- resources to help family members and caregivers once a loved one has died.
If you or a loved one are facing end of life, please know that this season is one that you can both embrace and cherish as one of life’s most precious.
With the right resources and support, peaceful dying is a gift that’s within your reach.
Here, I want to help you better achieve it.
If you have additional resources that you’d like to see offered, please visit the contact page and let me know.