As a hospice social worker, I think all of the six core social work values are equal in terms of importance. I find myself drawn to one that strikes a chord more than most: Dignity and worth of the person. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

As a palliative social worker, I have the opportunity to address gaps in care and provide the education so many people need when they are living with a terminal disease. Little did I know, however, the enormity of the challenge I was undertaking. Read more


I sit with people who are sick or dying and witness peace and chaos, dysfunction and despair, humility and strength, beauty and pain. Almost 19 years after starting my career, I'm in awe of the resiliency of the human spirit. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

Death is like a graduation day. As a social worker, I feel honored to watch one’s life unfold before me, to understand someone's journey, and to be a part of it. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

It was while saying good-bye to my grandmother that I was reassured of my choice to begin my social work journey in end-of-life care. I felt called to live out my grandparents’ memory by serving other individuals and families affected by death. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017 1 Comments

Many people are truly called to work with patients who are dying. As someone who didn’t feel called to this work and didn’t have a lot of experience being in the dying space with someone, this was terrifying work for me. Read more

Careers 4 Comments

We met for some grueling and tough talks. We also asked the hospice nurse to join us for a session, and Joe’s questions became more and more intense as she explained the concept of hospice and said the word “death.” Read more



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