Before he underwent debilitating treatments that wore him down, the two of them made it a priority to discuss their healthcare wishes. He went on to face a cancer that would take his life in April 2012. She moved on with peace of mind, knowing what he wanted in his final days.
Now Mimi and her son Chris are able to look back on that time and reflect on the good times they had with family. Christmas was coming, a new grandchild would be born soon, and because they had talked things through, their final months together were a little more worry free.
“I noticed a huge weight lifted from mom’s shoulders,” Chris said of the Hospice of Siouxland care his father received. “Hospice walked through dad’s healthcare wishes, and was able to step in and make a smooth transition.”
The only thing she’d have done differently? Turn to Hospice sooner.
“My father was a very strong and strongheaded man,” Chris said. “And some of those decisions were very hard for him to make.”
While it was not easy, Mimi said, she knew it was a priority, and so did he. And that’s why the decision was so important, she said. “Without Hospice, I don’t think we could have managed to get through the whole process.”
As she thinks back through the weeks the Hospice team – the nurses, staff and caregivers – helped care for her husband, Mimi keeps coming back to one word. “They are just angels. Angels here for us.”