We were very pleased to present an extra special talk by one of our professional members, Gail Bosch. She shared so much information with us about the typical drugs used when a patient is experiencing anxiety, shortness of breath, constipation, mild discomfort, nausea, fever terminal secretions (Death Rattle), and breakthrough pain. It was so valuable […]
Our May book selection is titled The Needs of the Dying….A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life’s Final Chapter, by David Kessler. Marianne Williamson says, “This book serves the needs of the person sitting by the bedside as much as it does the person who is lying in the bed. In it […]
A heart tugging story of a mom’s experience at the end of her 8 yr old son’s life. https://humanparts.medium.com/three-magic-phrases-to-say-to-a-dying-person-2091872bd487?fbclid=IwAR2u0WyTm9K-HS_n1eNdgMFo6MYclE5u5I_WmvyiLRChK9ydWj849E-mLbQ
Recently held at Gallo Azul, one of our Comfort Care Associates, Ricardo Orozco, presented a talk and demonstration to our volunteers on how to handle a bedridden person, changing sheets, and movements, etc. He also talked about how flexibility changes as one ages and how to properly help an elderly person when needing to move […]
Our next selection is Advice For Future Corpses* A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying (*And Those Who Love Them), by Sallie Tisdale. The author spent many years as a palliative care nurse and shares many practical tips with her unique humor. Thursday, April 11th at 3pm, at Wendy’s home.
Offering Comfort Through Song: Attention Singers! – I am in the process of starting a chapter here of Threshold Choir (thresholdchoir.org) which offers gentle acappella singing as comfort during life’s transitions. Please check out the website and call or text me if you are interested and can carry a tune when singing in harmony. ☞ Tracy Durland, […]
The Journal del Pacifico is a wonderful, chock filled magazine with interesting features on local history, folklore, expat life, culture, upcoming events and much more. Here’s the online link to the latest Winter 2019 issue where Comfort Care is featured…written by Bryan Jauregui. https://journaldelpacifico.com/blog/issues/jdp_winter2019.pdf
A very touching Ted Talk by photographer/artist Tony Luciani about his mom with dementia and how he used his talent to connect with her..https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_luciani_a_mother_and_son_s_photographic_journey_through_dementia?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2019-01-19&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button#t-800508
Our February Book Club selection is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. A novel, this is a bit of a departure from our usual focus on the practical aspects of death and dying. As the book cover says, “A moving story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey”.