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Thursday, July 24, 2014

POST HOSPICE

I feel that I have been in an instructional class to learn how to die.  Watching and waiting for the changes that are outlined in the syllabus, and there is a syllabus.  A small blue book that tells you what to look for through end stage. 

The staff enlightening each day, pointing out when something has changed, however minor it may seem.  All these changes add up, the transformation finally complete.

Just as you have convinced yourself that,no, it could last a bit longer, you are suddenly confronted with the reality.  It has happened. 

Everyone is a little surprised by the abruptness.  We are all gripped with emotion.  We feel great sadness, but there is a touch of joy.  It says: "you are released from pain, from bondage.  Go, fly away, you are free"!

There is more, of course, the question, "what do we do now", directed to the RN, who cannot answer.  Eventually, we move, we make minor decisions, we embrace, we go home.

But, we are changed forever by what we have seen.  We know, we will see this again, we will be this.  It is undeniable.  It is humanity.

Amen

Joan

Here is a poem for Charlie:


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM!





The Root Of The Problem


It has been suggested
That when your life seems without joy
Or laughter, and you have no interests
That you may be root-bound
And need to be re-potted!

What I take away from this
Is the need to nourish the soul, our roots, as it were
To improve our condition; exposing it to sunshine
Or to the warmth of human touch
And to give our bodies, our plants, sustenance
To strengthen and green-up, expose ourselves
To fresh air, drink clean water
And mist our outer leaves
Don’t forget to feed our heads with
Literature, music and friendship
Than may we blossom
And reach toward the sun

Please enjoy this poem from my yet to be published book, A Redhead Looks At 60.

May peace be with you and yours!

Joan

OTHER WEBSITE:  www.joanellengage.com/

JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Honoring My Mom On Valentine's Day


I LOVE YOU MOM!




OTHER WEBSITE:  www.joanellengage.com/
JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.



























I Love You Mom!




OTHER WEBSITE:  www.joanellengage.com/
JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.