Understanding the Hospice Patient’s Ordeal

Hospice Chaplaincy

Hospice Patient

Dr. Saul Ebema


My father always used to say, “Life is short!” as a little child, I didn’t know what he really meant until he died. The reality is that death is an inevitable part of the life cycle. Even though each one of us is aware that we will die someday, the majority of people do not stop to think about what this truly means. For many hospice patients dealing with the reality of end of life, the awareness that death is imminent and is no longer some far off future event that will take place, often brings hidden fears they may have about death to the surface.

         Questions that I often get asked include; “Who will look after my family when I am gone? What did I do to deserve this? Will I be remembered? At the time of such a colossal…

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About Sue Diane Rosenbloom, CT, MA

Thanatologist: Loss, Trauma, Crisis, Death, and Grief Educator - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007) Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (the highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimer's and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Former Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher
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