Category Archives: Personal Reflections

The Dreaded Conversation

“You have a new referral. The physician is worried that Mrs. B is depressed and suicidal; she’s been talking about dying all day long. They plan to up her meds if she keeps talking about that.” Mrs. B does want to talk … Continue reading

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All Things Visible and Invisible

A Spanish-speaking patient with advanced dementia grabbed her chest and grimaced. Everyone thought she was having a heart attack. When I asked her what’s going on, she told me her soul was hurting so much that she knew she’s going … Continue reading

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Acceptance and Change

Acceptance is a recurring theme. When individuals are able to accept their limitations and losses, many are able to identify new avenues to continue to live a fulfilling life. When we struggle with our mind and body, sometimes it’s only … Continue reading

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From Cottonfields to Cornfields

There are two things I remember about the last time I saw my great-grandmother: She was a centenarian. She was still actively working in the fields. I was too young to find out how, when, and where she eventually died. … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Death

1785. The room number flashed on my screen. As the elevator slowly climbed, I made a silent assessment of how I would likely react. Only 24 hours ago, I bid farewell to someone for one final time in the same … Continue reading

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Blue and Beautiful

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“You Don’t Understand…”

Whether we are willing to admit it or not, our clients are probably right. The feeling of being misunderstood or that nobody understands (Note that these two are different!) is probably MUCH more common than we’d like to believe. In … Continue reading

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