Category Archives: Hospice Stories

Being Mortal Offers Guidance for Families Facing Serious Illness

“As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures,” Atul Gawande writes in his bestseller, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, “companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces.” Yet so often modern medicine treats those who are aging or dying as simply continue reading…

A Hospice Story: Kids Path Team Helps Family Add Life to the Days

James Runde was only three years old when he was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system. The doctors at Duke Children’s Hospital formulated an aggressive treatment plan which ultimately involved care at two additional hospitals, 14 rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, thirty-six days of radiation and numerous experimental treatments. The continue reading…