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 45: Accepting the Prognosis (Part 1)
In this three part series, Mitch discusses the experience and emotions associated with being told that a disease is no longer treatable from different perspectives. In part one of this series, we look at how this news impacts the patient and the fear associated with such a prognosis. Mitch provides suggestions and love on how to address this fear, as well as to how to help other loved ones during this time.
Episode 44: To Doula or Not to Doula
Diverging a bit from the Hospice theme, in episode 44, Mitch explores another form of end-of-life care and the role of a "Death Doula". He explains the origins of a doula role in relationship to the dying process, and the recent resurgence of this in modern end-of-life care.
Episode 43: The 7 Minute Scoop: Just Breathe...
At sometime in our lives, we will all have a traumatic experience that causes us to have a strong emotional or physical reaction. On most occasions though, these reactions subside as a part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process, but in the moment, they seem overwhelming. In this edition of Living With Hospice, Mitch discusses what happens in those few moments after trauma has occurred, and reminds us that sometimes something very simple - breathing - is the key to getting through it.
Episode 42: It's Never Too Late to Plan
Talking about the eventuality of death is not something anyone likes to do - much less plan for. In addition to bringing up a whole host of emotions, it can be just an incredibly uncomfortable conversation to have with someone who is terminally ill. In this episode of Living With Hospice, Mitch discusses why these conversations are necessary to have before death and how to ensure that they are productive.
Episode 41: Terminal Agitation
Episode 40: Hospice and the Holidays
Originally published in 2020, LWH's classic episode on how to handle the Holidays is once again returning for the season! Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced or is facing the death of someone they love. Instead of being a time of tradition, family togetherness, sharing and giving thanks for blessings, this time of year can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness. What do we do when we are feeling pressure to engage in the "holiday spirit", but we are triggered by memories of earlier times with a loved one who is now facing a terminal diagnosis?
While no simple guidelines exist that will take away the hurt, Mitch discusses how to acknowledge and deal with these very normal feelings, and provides some alternative suggestions for keeping traditions and celebrating with a loved one who is in Hospice.
Hospice explained, clearly.
Thank you so much for this. It is the hospice process explained simply and clearly, with compassion and empathy. I think it is what so much of us are looking for, just a no nonsense, let’s get right to the nuts and bolts of how this difficult process works, from an *I’m just a human trying to understand this because they don’t teach it in school* point of view.
Again, your ability to explain these things, in podcasts that aren’t an hour long, with nurses and doctors talking about everything under the sun and going off track all the time, is perfect! Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing your story and experience.
Wishing everyone peace and comfort. - Zack
😊 Thank You
Doing a Podcast is beyond a gift that most people have no idea how much effort it takes. Thank you Mitch for you gift ! 🎁
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.