My mom was in extensive pain for a number of months as we attempted to find a way to allivate her symptoms. Along the way the Staff at River Ridge Living Center suggested Comfort Care. I bought into this concept immediately however, it was a process for my mom and family to accept.
A hospice nurse and social worker attended a family meeting at River Ridge to share with all of us the services that could be offered to my mom.
I openly utilized the individual and family counseling services offered. I was the "only daughter" and I was an active participant of my mom and dad's daily life since 1994. I had no clue what the process of letting go of my mom would encounter. For weeks the hospice workers were there to listen to me question and accept all that was appearing before my eyes. I found their staff to be devoted, patient, and loving.
Nothing I shared with them was too trival or noninclusive in the thoughts,conflicts, and endeavours I experienced for the last month of my mom's life. It was so rewarding to have people help me through this difficult letting go process.
Moving on in life without mom has become a one day at a time process for me. I reeked the rewards of what hospice had to offer by reaching out and talking to them almost on a daily basis. I was willing to request assistance and that made all of the difference in the world for entering this new dimension. We do not have to do this alone and that was proven to me by Community Hospice of Amsterdam.