search instagram arrow-down

Recent Posts

Archives

Top Posts & Pages

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,641 other followers

likeable-blog-1337-1x.png

Thanks for Freshly Pressing me again!!

Freshly Pressed

Blog Stats

Blogs I Follow

Blog Stats

And again! Thank you to all who follow and support me!!

I was sitting with a hospice client the other day when the doctor came in. He was younger than me by a good ten years or so, but kind and respectful. At one point we found ourselves alone and he turned to ask me how long I had been a volunteer and why I do this. I felt oddly akin to him, in our choices of dedicating our time to easing the pain of fellow humans. At first I wise-cracked, “I could ask you the same questions.” His eyes crinkled in a smile and he waited.

In so much of life we are forced into contact with others through shared situations; work and school for example. I find the best connections are made when I seek out something new and foreign. For me, just taking the volunteer course meant stepping out of my comfort zone and facing a room full of strangers. Having to take a deep look inside and reveal emotions I needed to deal with but hadn’t focused on, was a major step. The relationships I forged, made me rethink who I believed I was.

Are there pearly gates and eternal peace in the end? Do we reincarnate in some way impossible to imagine? Is there nothing left when this life is over? Uncomfortable thoughts we all wrestle with, never more so than when faced with a death. Religions have sought to bring reason to the questions, and spiritual leaders teach calm in the face of our fears.

As I pondered his question, the warmth of the sun steamed though a window, the soft colors of the room around me gave off a calming sense and the smell of old, polished wood stirred memories. “I do this in honor of all those who can’t ask me why,” I replied.

DSC_6170

8 comments on “Palliative Care 3

  1. Touring NH says:

    What a wonderful way to answer his question! Hospice volunteers are truly very special people!

    1. Just people with special jobs, thanks!

  2. MataHari says:

    …dan untuk merka, termia-kasih.

  3. That’s something I’m not sure I could do without getting emotionally involved in people’s circumstances.

    1. Who they are when I meet them has very little to do with who they were. They are dealing with the biggest challenge, after birth, that they will ever face. I am often amazed, later, when I read the obituary, at who they were and how their lives are perceived. I am most certainly emotionally involved but in a way that doesn’t bring sadness or pain. Does that make any sense? I wish I could describe it better…
      Thanks for listening.

  4. mariekeates says:

    What a lovely thing to do. I’m sure it brings great rewards, although obviously not financial ones. I’m not sure it’s something I could cope with emotionally though.

    1. Marie, none of us know what we can cope with emotionally. Everything I do benefits me in more ways than I can count.

Love to know what you are thinking! And thank you for commenting.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Putnam, in the studio and beyond

Reflections and ruminations in Education, Beauty, Art and Philosophy

Gringa of the Barrio

A Sassy Barrio Gringa Telling It Like It Is

Badfish & Chips Cafe

Travel photos, memoirs & letters home...from anywhere in the world

The city of adventure

From there to back again (usually on a bike)

Nolsie Notes

My stories, observations, and art.

Shellie Troy Anderson

~ WRITER, REBEL, RACONTEUR ~ AND MOST OF THE TIME A MIDDLE-AGED DESK JOCKEY

Oh, the Places We See . . .

Honey, grab the GPS.

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

Breaking New Ground in Zone 6

The adventures of Southern gardeners starting over in New England

Marsha's Bungalow

the WW2 era chicken coop

iwalkalone.co.uk

the world one step at a time

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

Susan's Musings

Whimsical Stuff from a Writer's Mind

Travels with Choppy

A dog and cat in clothing. Puns. Travel. Bacon. Not necessarily in that order.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

A Sawyer's Daughter

The Life & Times of a Sawmill Man's Eldest Child

Not Another Tall Blog

Not just another tall blog. Because being tall is NOT all we talk about! Follow me for tall talents, tall fashion, rock interviews and more!

On The Heath

where would-be writer works with words

The adventures of timbertwig in the forest of Burnley and the Rossendale Valley

crafts, permaculture, forest management, self employment, cycling

cheryl62blog

Time to change, live, encourage and reflect.

GARDEN OF EADY

Bring new life to your garden!

The Grey Enigma

Help is not coming. Neither is permisson. - https://twitter.com/Grey_Enigma

Ethereal Nature

The interface of the metaphysical, the physical, and the cultural

UP!::urban po'E.Tree(s)

by po'E.T. and the colors of pi

Kindness Blog

Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

Crazy Green Thumbs

Chronicling a delusional gardening experience.

New Hampsha' Bees

Raising bees holistically in New Hampshire

AM Simpson

Loves Final Kiss

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

valeriu dg barbu

©valeriu barbu

Writing Out Loud

A Place of Observation

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

Archon's Den

The Rants & Rambles of A Grumpy Old Dude

hoosiersunshine13

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. -Kurt Vonnegut

Once upon a time... I began to write

My journey in writing a novel

Not a Day Over 45

A View from Mid-Life

theflexifoodie.wordpress.com/

Delicious plant-based, whole food recipes & my healthy living tips!

Sharon Hewitt Rawlette

Memoirist. Essayist. Philosopher.

Diane Tibert

~ writer - editor - publisher ~

Amintiri din Bucătărie

Memories from the Kitchen

White Shadows

Story of a white pearl that turned to ashes while waiting for a pheonix to be born inside her !

At Home in New Hampshire

Living and Writing in the North East

JOSELYN'S BRAWL

Two rare, life-threatening diseases that led to a bone marrow transplant and a snappy Buttkick List

Stephanie Raffelock

A good story can transform the way that you see the world.