“My mother had lymphoma. It was hard, because I had double knee surgery two years ago and had lots of health problems myself. The hospital told us about hospice, and they were unbelievable. They were fantastic. Anytime I needed anything, I would call, and they would tell me what to do. They were really good about helping me bathe my mother, things like that.

Toward the end, when my mother was dying, they were really great. They talked to my sister and I about what was going to happen next, told us to look out for this, look out for that. When my mother did die, they took care of everything—they called coroners office, everything—which was good, because my sister and I kind of lost it then. I had had her with me since January, and I was totally with my mother all through Katrina. We had to go four different places, and it was so hard. They even tried to find us a place to stay after the storm. We wound up staying with my sister. But before that, we didn’t know what we were gonna do. Believe it or not, the Hospice people even offered us to stay in their homes. They couldn’t do enough for us. They really helped us.”

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