Voices

Patient: ‘Hospice isn’t all about death and dying’

WRAL.com | April 7, 2016 “Don’t wait until the last minute [to start hospice services],” she said. “Hospice isn’t all about death and dying. It’s about transcending where you are and getting ready for when the time comes.” When Barbara…


Transplants and assisted dying: A family’s story

Times Colonist | March 27, 2016 With a committee sitting in Ottawa for the purpose of drafting a framework upon which physician-assisted death legislation will be enacted, the recent letters on the subject and the opinion piece of March 19,…




Finding My New Normal in Widowhood

Emily Zarecki for Huffington Post | March 14, 2016 It wasn’t until July 2009 that I had ever given the idea of a new normal, not to mention the need for finding one, any thought. There wasn’t a need for…


Being A Hospice Nurse To My Father

Linda Scruggs for Huffington Post | March 3, 2016 It has always struck me how the most powerful and wealthy can have almost anything they desire, yet our most valuable commodity remains elusive to all. The time we are given….


Living With Cancer: My Doctor, My Friend

When my oncologist told me about her various job offers, she laughed and reassured me that the only position that could lure her away would be a professorship named for Princess Diana. Of course I knew she was kidding.