Dying is hard work

“—not the physical part, but that part which is the inside of me, the work about who I am, who I have been, and who I will be.”

– David Kuhl, What Dying People Want


Dear Hospice,

“Thank you and your team for all you did for Bob and me. It made it all so much easier. We grew to love the two volunteers you sent. Their approach to Bob was different and exactly right. They were so unstinting with their time. Two remarkable human beings! Thank you for staying in touch.”

Caring for those who are suffering,

“whether or not they are dying, wakes us up. It opens up our hearts and our minds. It opens us up to the experience of wholeness.”

-Frank Ostaseski

Mission Statement

Providing practical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals and their loved ones through the stages of dying, death and bereavement.

Hospice palliative care aims to make the last months of life comfortable, peaceful and dignified for patients and their caregivers by providing care, support, respite and advocacy. Our trained Hospice volunteers work as part of a caregiving team that could include community home nursing, doctors, hospital and facility staff, social workers and spiritual leaders.

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Nelson & District Hospice Society shared End Well's post.Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 10:13am
Time for a Frank O. Infusion- He says there are really only two questions that matter at the end of life and we can answer them now.
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End Well
Frank Ostaseski reminds us that two questions really matter at the end of our lives. Why wait until then to address them?
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietyFriday, January 18th, 2019 at 9:10pm
Taking some time tonight to read the poems of Mary Oliver, by far the most profound writer I think I’ve read in times of grief, who died Thursday. Here is one I’ve turned to again and again:

“In Blackwater Woods”

To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietyThursday, January 17th, 2019 at 12:15pm
Are you curious to explore the experience of working with the dying, or your own death? Have you ever considered becoming a Hospice volunteer? If so, now is your time to explore that further. Our next training will be held Feb 1 (6-8 pm), Feb. 2 & 3 (9-4) and Feb 23&24 (9-4). If you are interested, please fill out an application at this link.


We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about this area to apply for this training, even if you are not sure about volunteering.
Nelson & District Hospice Society
Nelson & District Hospice SocietyWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 8:45am
Having the time to say goodbye is so pivotal for the grief process, at any age, but especially with babies.
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Nelson & District Hospice Society shared Frank Ostaseski's post.Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 11:42am
"Love is the lubricant that lets us slip out of the boundaries of the body."

- wise words from Frank O.
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Nelson & District Hospice SocietyMonday, December 24th, 2018 at 7:47am
Are you alone this holiday? By choice or not ... some of these tips may help you through that experience.