Published on November 07, 2016

Hospice of Pella Focuses on Life’s Final Journey

PELLA, Iowa— November is National Hospice Month, a time to raise awareness of quality care at the end of life. By focusing on the individual, not the illness, Hospice of Pella at Pella Regional Health Center honors life’s final journey. Hospice of Pella brings comfort and peace to help people live every moment of life to the fullest.

Hospice care focuses on helping a person with a serious or life-limiting illness by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering. Hospice care providers have teams of people working together to provide care.

Hospice professionals and volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. Losing a loved one is always hard. However, having support and care especially tailored to the end of life can help bring out special moments that might not otherwise be possible.

Tips from Hospice of Pella on Grief throughout the Holiday Season
  • Many people have a need to talk about their loved one during the holidays rather than avoid this topic. This is a healthy approach to the grief process. Grief is part of the journey, even during the holidays. The holidays are a season for special family gatherings. For some, this is difficult because someone special to them will be missing.
  • Allow yourself some time to release your sadness. Visit your loved one’s grave, share memories of past holidays, write your sadness down and share your feelings of loneliness with a trusted family member or friend. Talk about what you enjoyed and what you will miss. Research shows that when we express our feelings we gain more control over them, are able to clarify our feelings, and those feelings seem less overwhelming. 
  • Set realistic plans. This holiday season will be different than others in the past. How important is it to carry out every single family tradition this year? If you prefer to carry out some of those same traditions, plan how other family members can help to make it easier. Another good option is to begin new traditions such as take a trip, visit a friend, or go out to eat.
  • Symbolically represent your loved one with something tangible such as a special ornament, a burning candle or some of their favorite things. 
  • Get enough rest! Exhaustion can make things seem bigger than what they really are. Lack of good rest also lowers your immune system opening the door to illness. Expect pain and sadness. Allow yourself to feel it. It is fine to scale back. Seek solace as needed with a counselor, friend, prayer, cry and vent your feelings.

Hospice of Pella encourages all families who are diagnosed with a serious illness to ask their health care providers about hospice services. For more information, contact Hospice of Pella at 641-620-5050 and ask to speak to a nurse.