South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, December 7, 1990 Page: 3 of 12

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AROUND THE DIOCESE
December 7,1990-3
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Hospice
From page 1
who choose lo spend their remaining time
alhomc. As of this past November—which
is National Hospice Month—168 families
have been served by the program, said
Mrs. Fox.
We have not been taught in our society
how to deal with people with diseases we
don’t have a cure for, to deal with people
who arc actually dying,” she stated.
She emphasized that hospice offers a
positive and comforting message to per-
sons who arc terminally ill: 'To be able to
go home at the end of your Jilc and be in
you r own residence amongst people whom
you care most about.''
Mrs. Fox acknowledged that many people
are afraid to visit terminally ill friends or
family members because it hits “too close
lo home” and they have problems dealing
with the imminence of their own deaths.
“But(thcsc feelings) arc normal,” she said.
However, she added, due to social sti0 •
mas and inabilities to deal with the dying,
“a person who has been diagnosed with a
terminal illness, or is trying lo experience
this crisis in their lives, is religatcd to a
social, psychological and sometimes spiri-
tual death, way before ihcir physical dealh
ever comes about.”
Enabling a patient to go through this
transition and to be eared for at home by-
family and friends is the goal of the hos-
pice team, which consists of registered
nurses, a counselor, social worker, chap-
lain, volunteer coordinators and homc-
hclpaids. Speech,occupational and physi-
cal therapists arc avalable depending on
the need of the individual.
Dr. Kirby Barker, a local oncologist, has
been medical dircctorcf the program since
its inception. “It's been very rewarding to
see the help the hospice program has given
to patients and their families. It’s a conti-
June Shilling, wife
of Spohn volun-
teer Doug
Shilling, hangs a
dove on the Hos-
pice Tree of Life
located on the
second floor of
Sunrise Mall. For
any size gift, a
donor can place
the name of a
loved one on a
dove and hang it
on the tree. The
function is an
annual fundraiser
of the hospice
program which
turns no patient
away due to
financial difficul-
ties (STC photo
by Luz Loza)
nuily of health care that had previously
been missing here.”
Mrs. Fox explained the natural progres-
sion in the treatment of a terminally ill
patient, staling that all curative measures
have been tried amt stopped before a pa-
tient enters the program. “The thing that
we provide to them is quality—quality
days—dignity during life and dignity at
death.”
She said one ol the myths about hospice
is that “(people think) we ’re going to come
inio their homes and talk about the fact
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quality days to live—living each day the
way they want to live compared to what
would happen if (hey were in a hospital."
She said patients arc encouraged to be as
active as possible.
Mrs. Fox acknowledged that some people
do not feel comfortable with ihe hospice
program. “We’re not here to serve every
person who’s dy ing.. .hospice is for people
who want to be in their own home.”
At the crux of the program is a group of
dedicated volunteers, coordinated by Linda
Avery. Ms, Avery was inuoduceci to the
program about two years ago after the
death of her husband eight months earlier.
She attended a bereavement group offered
by Spohn Hospice upon the advice of a
friend.
She said attending the support group
gave her a “different perspective” on her
life, which had changed drastically, and it
helped her to “change the order of her
priorities.”
Ms. Avery decided she wanted to reach
out to others in the way she had been
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Joyce Fox
touched by the compassion of the pro-
gram. For the past year and a half she has
spent herdays training and scheduling vol-
unteers.
Continued next week
ll H unnatural for a mother to choose to kill har babyl
The natural choice Is fllal
Abortion is an unnatural choico!
The Winners of the
November Coloring Contest
KINDERGARTEN
James Christenson
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission,
Riviera
FIRST GRADE
Juan P. Hernandez
Sacred Heart, Mathis
SECOND GRADE
She[ley Veselka
Most precious Blood
THIRD GRADE
Jimmy Longoria
St. John, Robstown
FOORTH GRADE
Karl Chaibe
St. John, Robstown
FIFTH GRADE
Tiffany Tamez
Most Precious Blood
SIXTH GRADE
Monica Pena
Santa Cruz Mission, Laredo
Congratulations to all the entrants. You did a great job! All entries will
be displayed at Sacred Heart cafeteria, Corpus Christi and the Cathe-
dral Auditorium on Dec. 12, the diocesan Feast of Our Lady of Guada-
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