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Ask the Expert: What do hospice providers want us to know about dying?

What do hospice providers want us to know about dying? (WKRC) 

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local team of health care providers is making a big difference in the lives of others.

A recent list put together by a hospice nurse, who talked to patients at the end of life, tracked the most common regrets.

She found most regrets have to do with how we spend our time.

So, with the help of experts at St. Elizabeth Hospice and a local mom who recently lost her son, they came together to share a few lessons they've learned about life.

For much of David Thompson’s life, he was legally blind, but could still design beautiful flowers.

For those who knew him personally: “He was just a very special young man,” said Harriet Thompson.

David's mom Harriet says he died without regrets. Partly because of a hospice team that gave him the best of care in some of the worst of times.

“He was here [in hospice] for 83 days,” said Harriet.

For a number of those days he was in a room just like this one, and it was less his family says about what was happening in the room as to what was happening overall with the relationships that he was building and the people meeting him.

“He loved the Lord, he loved people, he loved making them happy,” said Harriet.

You see, when it comes to hospice, the team says they have one goal: “It’s supporting the patient and their family through their final journey,” said Lori Browne, a St. Elizabeth Hospice Nurse Manager.

And when it comes to that journey, the best way to have no regrets at the end of it, according to a list published by a hospice nurse, is to do what David Thompson did-- spend more time doing what you love and do those things with the people you love.

“I think hospice brings out a lot of that self-reflection and life reflection that didn't otherwise happen,” said Emily Cahill, the Community Outreach Manager of Hospice at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

As for David’s mom, she has no regrets either about how David died, and more importantly how he lived.

“He can see now, he's not sick any longer, I know where he is, and I know that someday I am going to be with him again,” said Harriet.

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