Interesting take on how hospice can inform a stronger spirituality and dedication to mindful living.
Originally posted on soulshinemoments:
My hospice internship has been good for me in a lot of intrinsic ways. Because I have had to confront my own death and dying beliefs and fears through helping others, I have sought my spirituality in much deeper ways than I have in the past. No better way to celebrate and appreciate life than to be reminded how temporary it is! I also feel and think about God in a much more real way than I have in years. I feel that He is omnipresent. I feel that life is valuable and meaningful more than my pre-hospice days.
Another thing I have learned about hospice is the amazingly beautiful mind-body connection which gets easily over-looked in our society. Many patients actually improve with hospice care because they get that extra attention and TLC and human touch that perhaps their life was lacking. I believe this attests to the fact that there is something deep within all of us, a human spirit, that must be tended to not only while in hospice, but always and in general.
While the fam was sick this weekend, I decided I was going to take it easy myself, too. I saw some really good documentaries via Netflix. One was called: Serving Life. It was about prison inmates who volunteered to service other prison inmates who were in hospice care. To see the humanity throughout that documentary was incredible.