I agree with Dr. Brian Guthrie’s opinion of not wanting to die in a hospital (Feb. 28). My husband always said he did not want to die in a hospital and when he was diagnosed with prostate/bone cancer and became terminal with absolutely no hope of improving, St. Agnes Hospice came to us.
His final days were spent in the family room of our home, surrounded by his family and Molly, his dog. He was able to especially enjoy the morning time listening to the birds and all the familiar sounds of his home, which gave him a measure of peace. Friends were able to visit when he was strong enough to see them.
As I was his caregiver, it was easier on me also as I did not have to drive back and forth to the hospital every day, find a parking spot and spend my day sitting in a hard chair by his bed.
I felt that he and I had control, and that is what it is all about!
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Joanne L. Hawkins