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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...
A Rookie Volunteer

A Rookie Volunteer

Serving as a Hospice Austin volunteer for just the past 9 months, I have already witnessed nurses, chaplains, department coordinators, nursing assistants, case managers, social workers and other volunteers skillfully and effectively serving the needs of others, always...

In the Right Place

There is a reason I got the opportunity to be part of Hospice Austin. Hospice kept coming up in my life. First my grandmother had hospice care in San Antonio. She was at home and near the end, dealing with multiple cancers and emphysema. A hospice nurse was with us,...