A Graveside Promise to Improve Care for the Dying
Christopher, Myra J., Aging Today
Ihave spent most of my adult life working to improve care for the seriously ill and dying. My reason for doing so is personal; it's about a promise I made at my mother's graveside nearly 35 years ago.
After a two-year battle with cancer, my mother died in our home at age 53. Like most Americans, when Mom's doctor said, "There's nothing more we can do," my mom replied, "Then I want to go home."
At that time, hospice was just emerging in the United States, and didn't exist in Kansas City. We were on our own. But our last months together were some of the most meaningful in my family's history. Mom told stories and made a quilt that has become part of family lore. Our …
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Publication information: Article title: A Graveside Promise to Improve Care for the Dying. Contributors: Christopher, Myra J. - Author. Magazine title: Aging Today. Volume: 32. Issue: 6 Publication date: November/December 2011. Page number: 11+. © American Society on Aging Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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