I decided to attend a meeting the woman had told me about titled, “The Death Cafe”, as aggressive as the name may sound, the gathering was quite the contrary.
As I reached down to hold his hands, the fast paced moving clouds covered the sun’s light—turning the room dark. It was as if the clouds knew the room’s emotional temperature.
Each member of the team assesses for the range of notes and ease of movement through the scales possessed by each of the family members. Do they love unconditionally, or are there mysterious stops that are inserted into the score?
Healing Care Hospice had the honor and privilege of caring for Staff Sergeant Kenneth William Thompson during his final days on this planet. To his friends and family, and to the City of Downey where he was the last living WWII veteran, Sergeant Thompson was both a hero and a valued member of the community.
I often say that I meet giants, everyday; this day was not unusual in that sense, but the woman before me was. What I did not know, was that I was about to contract a virus, that her grandson, Frank, refers to as “the Norma Virus.”
As a child my dad used to wake me, and my siblings up before sunrise to hike through the Guatemalan forest. I was very young, maybe 4 or 5 years old. It used to scare me because the forest was dark and murky.
I have been volunteering at International Bird Rescue, in San Pedro, for five years. It never occurred to me that I would ever be able to touch a pelican, much less provide much of the care needed for one that had been injured or oiled.
Claudia Morales grew up the daughter of a Colombian artist, with paint brushes and pigments at her disposal at all times. She learned to always speak in color, with music, and in joy. She was drawn to use her art techniques to professionally integrate them into Social Work and therapy.
Julia Dodd, a Registered Nurse at Healing Care Hospice shared her insights on attending the Supporting Dignity at End-of-Life conference.
Volunteering alleviates loneliness and enhances our social lives—factors that can significantly affect our long-term health.
Healing Care Hospice staff are participating in a gift drive for the children of Families Uniting Families Foster Family Agency. Read Mary Artino's article to get the whole scoop.
With 10+ years in the Social Work Industry, Mary Artino has experienced many interactions with different fascinating people, learning about their hardships, life lessons, and perspectives. Read her article "Lessons From the Field" for more insight.
Thanksgiving is as much about gratitude is at is about turkey and cranberry sauce. And it turns out feeling thankful has some pretty potent effects on your health. Click the title for more info on the effects gratitude has on your health.
Wednesday November 15th, 2017 Healing Care Hospice in sponsorship with USC's School of Social Work and Nursing held our first annual End-of-Life Conference and it was a great success! If you missed out get some insights from one of our Registered Nurses that attended the conference, Amanda Johnson!