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Living Between Life and Death: A Tribute to Uncle Hal


Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. -Brené Brown

Today I gave a message at the Eugene Mennonite Church and below here is the take away.

I would like each of you to consider if you only had 6 days left on Earth, like Uncle Hal had from the day he admitted on hospice – are you living the life you want to be living? Do those you love and cherish know how you define a good death -for an instance do you want to die at home, amongst family or friends? And, are you in pain? How are you sharing your pain with others? Please do not suffer alone.
I leave you with this…
Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.




Yesterday I started back to work.  By midday I was conflicted because I was so enjoying the training but I was also feeling extreme fatigue from the lack of sleeping the night before.  I was starting to feel a little sick to my stomach and as the afternoon progressed I realized I had some control over what was next.  Decided to cancel my teeth cleaning, that just was not important today.  Visited one of my dearest friends and saw a couple other colleagues, got hugs and empathy.  And headed home for a much needed nap.

Woke up refreshed and ready for my first private practice session since 10/10/15, the day after I found out my Uncle was admitted on hospice.  By evening I felt strong.  I took another hour nap and then was able to write like I’d wanted to write the last couple of days.  Not to say I haven’t been writing but I’m trying to document my last hours with Uncle Hal and from that come up with a message for Sunday, titled Living Between Life and Death.  I’m happy to see my subconscious has been doing a lot of this writing and I got into the flow last night.

Today I am back at Riverbend Hospital and on the floor with my MSW student.  To think, I was a brand new MSW student in October 2010.  We also have a site visit with the field liaison today.  I also have one private practice client after work at the hospital.  This morning I must draw strength from within.  It is going to be okay.  I am going to be okay.

Heron Park in Springfield, Oregon

Heron Park in Springfield, Oregon

9th Floor Rooftop View


Looking Southwest.

Today I accomplished a goal of mine with the help of my buddy, to see the rooftop view from the hospital. Tomorrow marks 1 year since I started working at the hospital and yesterday I was offered a permanent 40 hour full time spot there.

Looking South.

A beautiful day here in Springfield, Oregon with weather in the 70s today. Excited to see what the future has in store! IMGP4620

Snow Falling in Lane County

Beautiful day here with several inches of snow on the ground the snow was coming down from early morning throughout the afternoon.  I got a couple shots at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Riverbend hospital.

Photo from parking structure facing south towards the Skybridge.

Photo from parking structure facing south towards the Skybridge.

It was a short day at work, which I was glad for as I was scheduled to be there until 7pm.

From Riverbend hospital parking garage facing north.

From Riverbend hospital parking garage facing north.

Hope all the snow bunnies are staying safe and warm tonight. Our dogs are out there eating it up.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Riverbend Medical Center

Another beautiful day in Oregon and a fantastic day for photos on the hospital campus.

Lobby stairs facing west.

Lobby stairs facing west.


Love clock towers



Before the Heat

I read that yesterday was supposed to get to 81% humidity with a high of 91.  For those in the Willamette Valley – that’s hot.  Fell asleep early last night, likely due to the heat and was up before sunrise today.  Tonight’s going to be a hot one playing indoor soccer, my jersey’s already in the freezer waiting to cool me down for the 6:15pm game.

Today’s my first solo day at the hospital, meaning I’m no longer in training with someone and instead working on my own covering a neurology floor for the next two days (different assignment the next coupe of days).  I had a moment of panic last Tuesday when I realized this, having completely lost track of the fact that July was so near- thinking how can this be that I’ve completed three weeks of training already?!

So I appreciate the extra time for silence and centering this morning.  I’m excited for the most part, but yes a little pensive too.  Here’s my grounding for the morning.  Happy July my friends.  IMGP4019