Rekindling Light

My entire view of the healthcare field has done a complete 180 degree spin. I’ve always had a drastic fear of death for my loved ones especially in the hands of healthcare professionals. As much as I have always wanted to become a doctor, I have always been rather worried in regard to the quality … Continue reading “Rekindling Light”

My Brush with Death

Throughout my life, I have always been a stranger to death. I’d always seen or heard about it in the media, but I never felt it myself. I had never known or encountered someone who I have been close to who has died. Perhaps the most related incident I have with death is with my … Continue reading “My Brush with Death”

The Experience that Confirmed My Helpfulness

For this paper, I decided to write about my most important experience I had during the program. When I first started off volunteering, my patient was not very talkative but she would respond when I asked her questions and she would look at me, greet me, and smile while I was there. Our conversations pretty … Continue reading “The Experience that Confirmed My Helpfulness”

Self Growth Through Hospice Volunteering

The Pre-Medical Hospice Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a pre-medical student. It is easy to get bogged down by the classes and the technical aspects of getting into medical school. I feel like often as a pre-medical student people lose sight of what is important. They forget … Continue reading “Self Growth Through Hospice Volunteering”

My Experiences with Hospice

In the healthcare profession, we are told that dealing with death is difficult, and will continue to be difficult because losing our patients can make us feel guilty or responsible. It really is strange when you are the caretaker of someone and they just pass away under your care. That was not the most difficult … Continue reading “My Experiences with Hospice”

My Changing View of Death

4/23/17 Over the course of the eight months that I have been volunteering in the Hospice unit, I have learned a lot, not only about the medical profession but also about myself. Before this experience, death was always a very sad and scary concept to me. Because of my view on death, I liked to … Continue reading “My Changing View of Death”


A spider makes its way across the wall in front of me. It, like all living things, will eventually die. Its movements are frantic and irregular. It is limping. One of its legs is missing. I look at it, and it pauses, almost as if it’s waiting for me to kill it. I leave it … Continue reading “Vanity”

The Good in Death

As a young woman with most of my life ahead of me, I have always viewed death as a sad thing. Because I have so many goals, dreams, and expectations, it is a terrible thought to imagine that it all be cut short with an untimely death. I do not want to die anytime soon, … Continue reading “The Good in Death”

Experiences with Hospice

Working in Hospice has made me realize how vital end of life training is within the healthcare system. I realized throughout this program that death is not synonymous with failure; rather, death is an inevitable aspect in every life. However, with proper care and support, death can even hold beauty. Although I do not think … Continue reading “Experiences with Hospice”

My Experience in Hospice

My experience in the hospice program has been something that will stay with me throughout my career and throughout my life. I have had experience with death in my life, but never to this extent. I have had friends pass from drug overdoses and loved ones die peacefully in their sleep, but never within this … Continue reading “My Experience in Hospice”