Recognizing Nurses Best in Class Awards

Recognizing Nurses Best in Class Awards

Hospice Austin nurses Patricia Smith and Emma Perry were honored at the Austin American-Statesman’s Third Annual Recognizing Nurses Best in Class Awards Gala in the Hospice/Home Health category. The Statesman’s Recognizing Nurses celebration commemorates the Austin...
The Country Nurse

The Country Nurse

She’s known as “the country nurse.” Jacque Shroyer, who drives about 500 miles a week, visits patients in Cedar Creek, San Marcos, Kyle and Buda and all spots in between.  “My jeep has 182,000 miles on it and I got it brand new five years ago,” she said with a...
Paying Homage

Paying Homage

I showed up for my afternoon shift at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House where my mother-in-law died more than 15 years ago. The walkway is made of bricks. Many of them contain names and life dates of people who had died at the hospice. Recent rains had caused dirt,...
The Depths of Eternity

The Depths of Eternity

One of my most memorable experiences was when I provided 11th-hour relief for a young man in his 20’s with brain cancer. Each time he would cough, his head would become very red in color and he would be in obvious distress. I used a craniosacral therapy technique at...
The Other Side of the Door

The Other Side of the Door

Each time  I knock on a patient’s door at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, I wonder what is happening on the other side. I never know quite what to expect. I take a deep breath, walk in, and ask if they – the family, the patient – need anything. Sometimes it’s...
April Bereavement Calendar

April Bereavement Calendar

Day of Renewal: A Creative & Experiential Exploration of Grief April 27th: 9 am – 4:30 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway Austin, TX 78751) This special day combines gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, writing, and meditation. The movement practice...
A Lasting Bond

A Lasting Bond

I started working with a 72-year-old gentleman last September – we formed an amazing bond. I was privileged to play an important role in his life. He was on his own, no family, very lonely but also a very vibrant, funny, and delightful individual. He told me (and...
March Bereavement Calendar

March Bereavement Calendar

Day of Renewal: A Creative & Experiential Exploration of Grief April 27th: 9 am – 4:30 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway Austin, TX 78751) This special day combines gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, writing, and meditation. • Coffee/Tea,...
Flower Fairies

Flower Fairies

Every patient who comes to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House – upon arrival and every few days thereafter – is brought a fresh bouquet of flowers. Lady Bird Johnson said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” Flowers embody the mystery of beauty that one poet called...
February Bereavement Calendar

February Bereavement Calendar

Drop-In Grief Support Groups Please join Hospice Austin for these free Drop-In Bereavement Groups this month. Being Alone in My Grief: Solitude vs. Loneliness The experience of grief includes periods of loneliness and times of solitude. Join us to discuss the...