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May 5, 2024 35 mins

In this week's episode, I talk with Helen Bower, host of the Heart of Hospice podcast. This is part 1 of a two-part interview. The following is a link to my guest episode of The Heart of Hospice Podcast. https://www.theheartofhospice.com/podcast/episode/23f1c2af/death-doulas-are-expert-guides-at-end-of-life

As a nurse with 34 years of practice, Helen introduces her unique bond with Sonny, a 74-pound golden doodle, with whom she volunteers in hospice, offering solace to patients and families.


Helen embarked on her hospice journey unexpectedly after transitioning from being a stay-at-home mom. Her transformative experience on her first day in hospice care solidified her commitment to this field. She vividly recounts a poignant moment when she witnessed an LVN providing exceptional care and support to a dying patient and their family, challenging nursing stereotypes and emphasizing the importance of every role in hospice care.


Reflecting on her observations, Helen discusses the subtle changes she's witnessed in patients as they approach the end of life, emphasizing the shifts in communication and consciousness before the body begins its final shutdown. She shares touching anecdotes of patients experiencing visions and connecting with loved ones before passing.

In a world where death has become medicalized and distant, Helen's insights offer a refreshing perspective, encouraging a deeper understanding of the dying process.

To connect with Helen, reach out via email at helen@theheartofhospice.com or visit https://www.theheartofhospice.com/.


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