Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hospice Care: Can Miracles Save Lives? (Video 1:01 min.)

Do you believe in miracles? If so, you share company with many others. As a hospice volunteer, I noticed early on that many patients held strong religious and spiritual beliefs. These beliefs were important to them when making decisions about their medical care.

Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), has a community outreach guide titled “It’s About How You LIVE – In Faith" to help hospice organizations engage faith communities with end-of-life issues. This guide, done in collaboration with the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, is available at the NHPCO website for free downloading.

In this Fox News video clip, viewers witness the miracle of Val Thomas, a woman who was technically dead for almost 18 hours after two heart attacks. Rigor mortis had even set in. Yet, she lives!

Frances Shani Parker, Author
"Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes”
“Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog”

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