Hospice: helping lives reach their end

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Lillian Palmer for Green River Star | March 16, 2016

There is a row of long vertical wooden frames that line the hallway in the Hospice of Sweetwater County office. Within the frames are lists of names, separated by years. The names are the people, every patient that hospice has had in its service over the years, dating back to their first patient in 1983. “Every patient has been important to us somehow,” hospice nurse Susan Arguello said.

“I remember every person on there,” a second hospice nurse, Christa Miller, said.

Every hospice nurse travels a journey with their patients. Some journeys are longer than others, yet every one is just as important and meaningful. Many of those involved with hospice, nurses, staff and volunteers alike have been touched by a death personally and is the reason they work in hospice; it’s a calling.

“It really does help a person if you’ve walked a similar journey,” hospice’s executive director Pam Jelaca said.

The hospice journey begins when a life is going to end. Hospice can be an illusive term for those who don’t know what it is. For those who know, they know all too well.

“I feel like you don’t know about hospice until you use hospice,” Misty Cozad, community relations coordinator for hospice, said.

Hospice of Sweetwater County is a not-for-profit organization that provides the most cost-effective and medically appropriate form of care at the end of life, due to a life-limiting illness. Services include patient-family services…

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