Hospice Healing: Care in the Palm of Your Hand

August 14, 2014 8:30 PM

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When Kei Okada maneuvered his bike through the streets of Manhattan one morning recently, he had a lot on his mind, including the vehicles whizzing around him. His overriding concern, however, was figuring out how to connect more deeply with two of his clients: Mark*, an elderly patient with advanced dementia to whom he was providing end-of-life counseling, and Mark's wife and caregiver, Sarah.

As Lead Spiritual Counselor for Hospice and Palliative Care at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kei has a deep understanding of how important strong personal bonds can be in helping families navigate the realities involved in end-of-life care. In this case, he felt a particular need to connec...

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