Everyone's end of life journey should be comfortable, peaceful and dignified. In every episode, Mitch Ware, long time Hospice Bedside volunteer and former Hospice client, will share his experiences and knowledge to show others how they can achieve the best palliative care available through Hospice. And, he will take your questions and answer them on future episodes as well. If you are considering end of life care, this podcast is for you!
Episode 38: LWH Q&A Session 1
In this episode of Living With Hospice, Mitch makes good on a promise made during most of the episodes to answer questions that listeners have submitted over time. In this episode, we discuss active dying, telling our loved ones that we are out of treatment options, accepting the choice when someone chooses Hospice over curative care and finally, we get an update on Mitch's animal co-hosts.
Episode 37: Closing The Books
In this episode of Living With Hospice, Mitch addresses the many facets of 'closing the books' at the end of our lives, including practical planning, reviewing the bucket list and the often uncomfortable topic of saying goodbye. While this can be an emotionally difficult period, it can also be empowering and is crucial in gaining closure and gathering a sense of peace.
Episode 36: The 7 Minute Scoop: Outliving the Life-Expectancy Prognosis
Why do some Hospice patients not make it to their life expectancy while others outlive their diagnosis? How come some patients seem to actually get better once they begin receiving Hospice care? In this short episode, Mitch discusses the factors used in determining the life - expectancy of a terminally ill patient, as well as the factors that are not considered, and explains how palliative Hospice care can actually increase someone's longevity.
Episode 35: Addressing Grief when it's Triggered
Grief is a long process to endure when you lose someone you love. In Living With Hospice's fourth grief-centric episode, Mitch addresses the topic of grief triggers and how they can bring up that pain of loss and other emotions, sometimes even years later. While some may be very obvious and predictable, like anniversaries and such, others can hit you out of left field and leave you feeling sad all over again. Mitch provides strategies on what to do when this happens and how to continue to heal through the grief journey.
Episode 34: A Special Thank You to Our Listeners!
Mitch sends his sincere gratitude to listeners and readers as Living With Hospice surpasses 5000 podcast downloads! Truly blessed to be able to continue bringing this message of strength, hope and experience, Mitch shares his expectations from when we...
Episode 33: Telling Them That it's Ok to Go
Have you heard stories about people that are on their deathbed but seem to linger on, as if they're waiting for something or someone before they crossover? Whether they are worried about family, money, finances or just fearful of leaving this earth, it is sometimes a struggle for our loved ones to be at peace with leaving this world. In this episode, Mitch shares his experiences with this end of life situation and provides guidance on how we can prepare ourselves to help our loved ones become OK with letting go.
An excellent find on my search to stay informed
Begin Hospice 9 weeks ago, at Home. Very pleased thus far with the caring and compassionate staff.
Diagnosed with metastatic Prostate cancer two years ago. Mets x11. Age: 63.
I felt I was in a free fall for all this time, treatment options. Recent and last surgical procedure to remove tumor from my neck to curtail affect of spinal cord compression was in February.
No chemo - refused. Hormone therapy discontinued.
Only outside of the box treatment is Vitamin C IV therapy. Which after 4 treatments and later a full body scan revealed tumors were shrinking.
But the damage is done.
I’m losing use of my left arm and hand. Both legs. - which lead to surgery. And right arm and hand are following with tremors and pain.
Fatigue and pain are prevalent daily.
That’s all I have for now. Thank you and Jahs blessing.
I’m pleased with the hospice treatment related to pain management.
Everyone who has someone nearing death should listen
I’m a clinical social worker and I’ve worked with patients near death for many years. This podcast would be a great help to anyone who has questions or doesn’t know how to speak with a loved one who may be near death.
Thank you for the beautiful way of describing the dying process. Your experiences were similar to mine. I, too, believe it to be an honor to be with a loved one those final days and hours. Your story about turning out the lights should give great comfort.