Life Matters Too…. Summer is the pay off for all the hard work the rest of the year!

When the kids were young, we would go to the beach just near our house, on a regular basis after school  As  the kids played in the sand, with the logs and with whoever else was on the beach, I would consider that “Summer is the payoff for the hard work the rest of the year”.  Is there anything better than sun and sand and sea water?

This summer I have not been called to the beach in the same way.  But I did arrange to work on the International Edition of “Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care” with my dear colleague Leslie Sundby.  We met on Gabriola Island, and had two days to work on the revisions.  Luckily for us, the sun did not shine until an hour before Leslie needed to catch the ferry back to Nanaimo.  We basked for the last hour, so grateful for the warmth and joy that comes from the sunshine!

Attached is a photo of the rocks and water where we worked.  We did manage to swim twice while there, which was chilly but invigorating!

Symptom Management – "It's not being dead, it's the dying I fear!"

Online interprofessional engaging three week course starts November 10th.  Learning activities include video, podcasts, readings, forum postings and teleconference. Due dates help us study and discuss together, but flexibility allows for room to adapt when needed.

I am delighted that participants include: a student from Tanzania, a few PSW instructors, a nurse and at least one family caregiver.  Come and join us for this great learning experience!  Any questions feel free to submit them here, or send directly to my email address.

For more information go to:

Excellent video by Life BEFORE Death identifies the ripple effect of untreated pain!  SHort, excellent video clip! The focus is on countries where pain can not be treated due to lack of medication or national policies, but the reality of untreated pain can influence people in all countries due to lack of knowledge or resources!

Looking forward to some good learning together!


Joy Berger –

I met Joy at the ADEC conference in Miami in the late spring.  She is bright, energetic, brainy, AND to top that all off, she sings – and she loves to sing.  Her book, ‘Music of the Soul” links with her website of the same name.  Check out the site if you want to understand better how to incorporate music into caregiving or into self care.  Here are the questions that welcome you to the website.

What music voices your core self? Plays out your life’s stories?

What life-losses have you come through? Are you going through?

What music explores the dissonances you feel with your loss?

Moves you to hope, insight and action?

Welcome to your music, with its power to help you be in and move through your personal griefs, and ultimately, to compose life out of your loss.

Bev is a “full of hope” type person, and she brings that hope to her work.  Check her site if music resonates with you.

Joy has just been named the director of education and special projects by the Hospice Education Network in the USA. Good choice folks!