Elizabeth Vansyckle is a retired nurse who was a hospice nurse throughout her forty year career. Raised in the Salvation Army as a young child, she learned the greatest person you can be is one of service. And, as an United States Army veteran, she found that being a hospice nurse made her the very best possible nurse in any setting. Throughout her career she also was a surgical nurse and feels that the ability to ease a patient’s fears in the few minutes before surgery came from that place in hospice of holding the calm space and giving that sense of quiet and trust. She welcomes you to her blog: movetowardhealing.blogspot.com
Once upon a time in the East Texas Piney Woods, there lived a ground squirrel named Pete. With the help of a baby vulture and a wise owl, Pete, busy at his job of gathering nuts, was about to learn new lesson in love and change.
I hope parents will read this to their children and discussions will begin about loss, transitions, and change.
Dying is a journey all of us will take. As a hospice nurse, I was privileged to be with many during this time of transition. These stories are a few of the families I was blessed to know. Their trust and the transformation, for them and for me, are what I am sharing with you. The prose, I hope, reflects some of the profound learning I experienced.