It has been nearly three weeks since stepping into the realm of hospice with my mother. Her decision to go the way of all the earth has changed things. Many good friends and family have stepped forward to serve and say good-bye. She has had wonderful visits and phone calls that have distracted her from her sick feelings and pain. Mom is off all her medication except for the occasional pill providing her with comfort and relief. She's not eating, but has been taking fluids. She is surprisingly alert and has been a delight to her visitors. She's starting to quiet down, but through it all her humor and advice come shining through.
Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessings from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love.
What greater gift dost thou bestow,
What greater goodness can we know
Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
Karen Lynn Davidson from Hymn 293
For some inspired insights read:
"Lessons in Love" by Karen Ann Anderson. She tells the story about the hospice experience of her friend Marie Holley. (Ensign, April 1986, 60)