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NHPCO Member Hospice Agency Butte’s Only Locally Owned Hospice Agency Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is a nonprofit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization November is National Hospice Care Month! “When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” (Will Rogers) The month of November is National Hospice Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “It’s About How You Live.” Because there are many misunderstandings and myths regarding Hospice care, as the Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator for Senior Solutions Hospice, my first thought was to do a series of community educational articles throughout the month of November, but I’m not sure where I would start. If you google the word “hospice” you will get 96,900,000 results. So, there is plenty of published information regarding hospice care from a clinical perspective. I would like to share with you what hospice care has been, for me, from a personal a perspective. When my daughter was born 41 years ago, fathers were just starting to be allowed into the delivery room to “coach” their wives during the delivery. I can still remember the moment when the doctor held up our daughter. I was expecting him to give her a little slap on the behind like you see in the movies…instead he just jiggled her like a bell…and in that miraculous moment she took her first breath and the divine spark in her came alive. The experience of watching my daughter being born…took my breath away. I remember saying to some friend afterwards, “If you didn’t believe in a God or a higher power when you went into a delivery room…you could not, not believe when you came out.” So, what does giving birth have to do with Hospice care and its relationship to the dying? Well, 37 years after our daughter was wife Carol entered Hospice care...she died three months later. Reflecting on both experiences, I realized how both were fragile, beautiful and miraculous moments on life’s journey...both took my breath away…each allowed me to see the divine spark within each human breath and believe in something bigger than myself. And because of good education and preparation, neither needed to be feared. So, what is Hospice Care? Dr. Raymond Barnfield explained it best in a wonderful article titled: “The Miracle in Front of You.” “If I were to tell your physician that there is a drug with no side effects that could add 10, 20, 30 percent more effectiveness to his treatment, his first move would be to his prescription pad. But tell him that the “drug” is an extra 10 minutes of time, a kindly hand on the shoulder, a clear and cogent explanation of his plan for treatment, and far too many doctors today would look right past you.” Hospice is not about end of life care…it’s all about quality of life. “It’s About How You Live.” During the month of November, we at Senior Solutions Hospice will share more with you about the gift and grace of Hospice Care...along with demystifying some of the hospice myths. And demonstrate why we at Senior Solutions Hospice feel we offer the very best quality hospice care and support as the miracle of life and death approaches. Deacon Dan McGrath—Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator-Senior Solutions Hospice. Butte Senior Solutions Hospice 2825 Lexington Ave. Ste B, Butte, MT 59701 406.299.3777

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