Over the past seven months, my family has experienced immeasurable loss. I recently lost both my stepmother and father to cancer, as well as my mother to a rare brain disorder. Losing one parent is difficult, but losing three is unimaginable. To say I am in a tough season of grief is an understatement.
As a social worker for over 19 years, I have had many conversations about end of life and the importance of identifying the need for hospice services sooner rather than later. I am a huge advocate of hospice and the wonderful support it provides. I have witnessed the amazing care provided, and the much-needed support given to families, not only during their loved one’s transition, but for months afterward.
As we look back at the Fall Harvest celebration last week, it is a great time to reflect on how our culture has impacted how we choose to navigate through life. Living in a community with a strong native presence I am often saddened by the lack of involvement my family chose to have with traditional ways of living.