Reasons I love Memorial’s Hospice Team

For weeks now, I have been trying to articulate the value of using hospice services.  It’s hard to be succinct about every aspect in which hospice affects a dying patient and their family or support team.  We have been through an exhausting ordeal with Mom’s illness in the last 3 months.  Everyone seems to think Read more about Reasons I love Memorial’s Hospice Team[…]

Cottage As A Family Member

Last week, my mother-in-law entered the Cottage as a patient.  Her family care team includes ten of us, just counting her kids and their spouses.  We “took turns” watching over Mom and trying to keep her comfortable.  Still, we were exhausted, and we are all relieved for this wonderful hospice resource.  So is she; no Read more about Cottage As A Family Member[…]

Our hospice team is well trained and ready to serve in a variety of ways.

“I will be forever grateful for the skillful way our hospice team drew us together to help bring closure and peace between us and our father during his last illness.  What a gift of unity we were given, just by being gently prompted to resolve our issues and express our love.  Thank you for taking Read more about Our hospice team is well trained and ready to serve in a variety of ways.[…]

Would you like to help stock our cupboard?

Sometimes a family member is unable or reluctant to leave Cottage in the Meadow to go out for a meal break.  Perhaps their loved one is restless or in need of company; perhaps death is imminent and the family member doesn’t want to miss a moment of opportunity to comfort their patient. There is a Read more about Would you like to help stock our cupboard?[…]

Looking for the Helpers!

A comment on the senseless Boston tragedy.  Watching the news, horrified.  One leader after another, telling the cameras what their department is doing about it.  Positive responses, to be sure.  The most encouraging voice yesterday, though, was from Mr. Rogers who said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the Read more about Looking for the Helpers![…]

Doug Rich, quietly strumming his guitar in a corner…

When family members walk the Cottage hallways, they sometimes stop and bask in the healing music of Doug Rich, quietly strumming his guitar in a corner. He just shows up and starts playing, sometimes for hours. Cottage staff, volunteers, and family members have all told us Doug’s calming, soulful tunes sweetly fill in the aching Read more about Doug Rich, quietly strumming his guitar in a corner…[…]

A thank you to our Community

A feeling of peace and calm: my words to describe the atmosphere at Cottage in the Meadow. From the interior with soft colors and areas for rest and reflection to benches and flowing water to enjoy outside, the environment is one of healing. A healing place to reminisce and celebrate lives well lived. Thank you Read more about A thank you to our Community[…]

David Eichwald – On Being a Social Worker for Hospice

We social workers are often misunderstood. I’ve worked for CPS, several group care facilities in my early years. Most recently I worked at Farm Workers Medical and Mental Health in their Specialized Foster Care Program. I did my second practicum at YVMHs Home Care and Hospice in 1999 and 2000. I was hired as a Read more about David Eichwald – On Being a Social Worker for Hospice[…]