Making End Of Life Issues Easier For Families

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(Collierville,TN) Nobody likes to think about death or dying, but it is something that everyone has to face eventually.

Baptist Hospital is trying to make it easier for families facing life and death issues.

November is Hospice Care Awareness month and Baptist wants to let the public know what resources are available in the Mid-South.

It looks more like a mountain lodge, but Trinity Hospice House in Collierville is a residential hospice with 24 private rooms.

Since it opened in 2010, Trinity hospice House has cared for thousands of patients and their families.

The Center For Good Grief next door is also there to help loved ones through the grieving process, but is also open to anyone in the community dealing with a death.

Baptist said it wanted to make the hospice house as homelike as possible for patients and their families.

“In the patient room you have a ceiling fan. You don’t have fans in hospital, but we know people really like to sleep with fans. We have quilts volunteers make and you give them to the families. You will see in the bathroom the mirror is covered with a piece of art. A lot of times people at the end of life don’t like to see themselves, ” said Angela Hamblen.

Lisa Turman’s husband died three months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

He was at Trinity Hospice House for several weeks.

“I thought they just took care of the family member who is ill, but the whole point is to take care of the whole family and being cared for and loved on by a whole group of basically new friends, ” said Turman 

Services at the Center for Good Grief are free to the public.