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Since beginning my career in hospice, I’ve often gotten the question: “How do you do it?” How do I deal with the loss, the grief, the sadness of working with and becoming close to patients and their families at the end-of-life?  It’s a question I’ve reflected on more since I welcomed my third child into this world.

As hospice nurses and staff, we give our hearts and souls to our patients and families. I believe we are doing God’s work. Sometimes we get too attached. We sometimes cry…often a lot. But would we do it differently? Absolutely not! It is a calling, an honor to be a part of the last journey our fellow man has in this life. We know there is better beyond that last breath, but we are not immune to the sting of death.

So, as hospice nurses and staff who see death every day, how do we do it?

We rely on God and our team, which enables us to continue this sometimes heart-wrenching work. We at Embrace are more than a team; we are a family. There is always someone to help, to be there to lighten the load, or maybe just listen when that’s what we need most. At the end of day, sometimes I’ll look back at my call log in amazement at the number of phone calls I’ve made to families, referral sources, and my team and think how lucky I am to be a part of the lives of the families we touch and a member of the Embrace Team.  A team which is a family in its own right, that continues to amaze me every day!

Losing a loved one is never easy but you don’t have to deal with it alone.  If you or anyone you know is dealing with grief and are in need of support or simply just need someone to listen, please contact any of our Spiritual Care Coordinators by calling any of our Embrace Hospice offices – Embrace Hospice Office Locations.