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ShoutOut: Hospice is a Godsend

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I’m gearing up for another trip out to visit Dad.  I’m officially on a ‘four weeks here and two weeks there’ schedule that is subject to change as Dad’s situation escalates; these next two weeks I’ll be ‘there’.
Dad’s steadily declining, but in a good way…not a panic stricken, fearful way because he is in the compassionate and knowledgeable hands of hospice and the Ashley Manor caregivers – all of whom I believe to be extensions of the Lord’s own hands here on earth.  During my recent five week visit, I interacted with the staff, healthcare professionals and other residents while visiting, sitting with, and eating with Dad.  They all have hearts of gold and strength coming from somewhere beyond the realm of human ability…I stand in awe and in deep appreciation of all they do on behalf of my dad and their 5-6 other elder-housemate residents.
Hospice is a Godsend.


  1. Sylvia

    My dad had a Hospice lady come in to care for him at the end of his life. Your dad is in good hands. Enjoy every moment you can spend with him. *hugs*

  2. Andy

    Sorry to hear further about your Dad’s condition. And from my own experience with hospice workers, yes, they do an outstanding and compassionate job. Thinking of you.

    • laura bruno lilly

      And I, you, on the loss of your own parent.

  3. Janis

    Both my mother and my father were under hospice care at the end of their lives. Hospice workers are amazing. Cherish the time you get to spend with your father (I know you do).

    • laura bruno lilly

      Bittersweet times, as you well know.

  4. Jennie Fitzkee

    Laura, Hospice really is a Godsend. A few years ago Hospice came to my mother. All of us, her children and my siblings were there. On the day before she died Hospice asked if Mother had talked to someone who wasn’t there…she had, just that day, to our father. They knew. Hospice is far more than caring. Your father, and you, are in good hands. -Jennie-

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh how touching…thank you for sharing this with me, Jennie
      ps-For some reason this ended up in my spam…hopefully now that I checked ‘not spam’ it will automatically send to my comments section.

  5. Lulu

    What a relief and a blessing to have such support during this incredibly vulnerable, challenging, and delicate time. I am so encouraged by your experience. Every day, I read more bad news, but this somber yet hopeful little post is its own small Godsend. Blessings to you, your father, your family, and the wonderful people whose lives and livelihoods are intersecting yours right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you for the thoughts and prayers, LuLu.
      It’s also nice to know my slice of life is a ‘small Godsend’…
      Your phrase ‘delicate time’ rings true.

  6. Jane Chesebrough

    I AM HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE. May peace continue to be your companion and God guide all of you on this final journey

    • laura bruno lilly

      Huge virtual hug…

  7. Linda W.

    Hospice workers are worth their weight in gold. Some of the women at my church are hospice care givers.
    Will be thinking about, and praying for, your family, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank-you, Linda. A friend calls them her ‘hospice angels’…

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