Photo by Sunny Hallauer
a society that emphasizes youth and life-saving
medical procedures, we often forget that each
of us will die some day and that quality of
life is more important than length of life.
As a family physician, I saw many patients sacrifice
entirely their quality of life in order to live
a few more days. Their bodies were in so much
pain that they had no attention left to give
to saying "good-bye" to loved ones
and to the lives that they had led. This led
me into hospice work where the emphasis is on
quality of life, comfort, and support of the
dying person and their family.
I am trained in conventional medicine through
a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine
and was board-certified in Family Medicine and
Hospice and Palliative Care until retirement.
In 1994, I wrote a book about hospice and near-death
experiences, Love is the
Link: A Hospice Doctor Shares Her Experience
of Near-Death and Dying. Over the past fifteen
years, I have spoken nationally about end-of-life
issues and hospice.
I am available to consult and lecture at hospitals
about end-of-life issues, particularly about
broaching the subject of death with patients
and dealing with grief in our practice as physicians.
Please see the
variety of settings at which I have spoken.