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The Power of Gratitude in Grief

The Power of Gratitude in Grief

After losing my husband to cancer, I didn’t find much to feel grateful about. He had died way too early – we were supposed to grow old together. With catastrophic loss, of course, comes catastrophic grief. I felt cleaved in two, invisibly hemorrhaging pain, fear,...
Volunteering at the end of days

Volunteering at the end of days

Having re-retired after teaching English for a year at a local high school, I am trying to fill my time with activities that keep me busy, healthy, and productive. One of those things is a return to volunteering at a hospice, working with the sick, the dying, and...
A Tribute to Jack Harrison and Mark Roeder

A Tribute to Jack Harrison and Mark Roeder

Hospice Austin recently lost two beloved employees, Maintenance Coordinator Mark Roeder, and Certified Nurse Assistant Jack Harrison. They both died unexpectedly, leaving the rest of us – usually so accustomed to death – feeling unmoored. Mark was with us a little...
Reflections on Camp Brave Heart

Reflections on Camp Brave Heart

This summer was my 26th time to attend Camp Braveheart.  Over the years I’ve played many roles:  director, small group facilitator, floater, trouble shooter, home-sickness whisperer.  Every year there is a moment at camp that pulls my heart so wide open I can barely...