May 1, 2017

Just a “Shell”?

I heard it again today, while attending the death of an elderly woman. “This is not her. What we see here is just the shell. The real her is now in heaven with Jesus and with grandpa.” And again a little later. “It’s amazing to me how little seeing her shell bothers me. That’s not […]

If Only I Could See the Shore

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”  ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz * * * I was listening to an interview with someone […]

In the land of birth and death

In one of our hospitals where I visit patients who need inpatient hospice care, many of those folks go to rooms on a certain floor, where the oncology unit is. The placement of this unit has always been interesting to me. When you take the elevator up to that floor, the doors open and you are […]