“None of us think we could have a child pass away and then one day, you’re in the club,” Crystal Gerlock, Bereavement Coordinator for Sangre de Cristo Hospice, told me. Her smile never slipping from her face. “I understand my bereavement better now. She was my oldest child...”Crystal, for most of her career as a social worker, worked in child placement (surrounding foster care). “I loved it! I knew my job,” she offered.
It was a typical hot day; my co-worker and I were doing physician visits, providing education on hospice and palliative care. I walked into the office of Dr. James Stjernholm, whom I had never met, and was greeted by an outgoing, smiling nurse. "He's not here today; he went to fix a patient's air conditioner. I told him he had better not get on that roof," she said. Rhonda, who is an RN in the office, had the kind of realness that made me feel like I had known her my whole life.
Most people’s reaction to hearing that I work for hospice is, “You must have a really tough job.” Certainly, it has its days. The reality and the response most people don’t expect to hear from me is, “I love my job; it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.” In truth, it’s not a job at all; it’s where I pour my passion; it’s where I’ve learned about life and how to live. How did I get my start in hospice? I don’t have a definitive answer to this question.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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