After nine years and hundreds of essays about hospice, I stopped updating my Hospice Matters site in late 2020. It will go offline in mid-2022.
However, I am confident my thoughts on dying, death, and grief remain relevant. The book I published in 2019 (A Companion for the Hospice Journey) was written equally for now and the next years. While hospice regulations will change, and for-profit (rather than non-profit) hospice agencies keep popping up like proverbial weeds, the concerns/questions about end-of-life choices are similar in each generation of patients and caregivers.
With that in mind, I decided to post “old” essays on Substack. A newly revised one will appear on a weekly basis. My book is available on Amazon. I occasionally publish hospice-related articles elsewhere.
Finally, one of the posts I published in 2016 received, and kept receiving, comments since it first appeared. Why Hasn’t He Died Yet?, my thoughts on lingering deaths, impacted readers who felt isolated, angry, and uncertain as a dying loved one seemed to keep living. I have posted that original essay on my blog page. It is HERE.
What is Substack?
Simply put, it is an email newsletter platform. I will be posting hospice-related essays through Substack. Since writers can charge for subscriptions, I might (or might not!) earn a little money by using this platform. Greedy me? Sure. But another reason is far more important: my hope is to reach a different audience seeking information about end-of-life concerns and questions.
My introductory essay is HERE.
Life is the Death Sentence
Hospice is not the death sentence. Being human is . . .
Put Me to Sleep, Doctor