How do I make decisions for the person I do not want to say goodbye to?
"It is important for people to have the conversations, even when it is hard to do. This allows them to make their needs known and their end of life wishes realized."
When asked why this project is so important to me, it honestly brought tears to my eyes. It brought me back to the time when my father was sick. Although we knew his illness was going to take his life, we were all still in denial. We never completed any of his paperwork. We never had the discussion with him. I remember the day we were told that we had no other options. It was on my mom's birthday and he was not talking at that time as a result of altered consciousness. It was up to me to sign his DNR and hospice paperwork. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. How do I make decisions for the person I do not want to say goodbye to?
It is important for people to have the conversations, even when it is hard to do. This allows them to make their needs known and their end of life wishes realized.
Jenn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in Business from St John Fisher College. She is experienced as a mental health counselor, supervisor with adult protective services, and social service director. She has been in Hospice care for 8 years, serving currently at Hospice of the West, as a Hospice Liaison. She loves helping people and being able to assist when people are unaware of all the options available to them.