It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my website. The reason for my online absence is that after 20 years of being a stay at home mom, I began working as a hospice bereavement counselor in the fall of 2017.
Do you know that the term “hospice” comes from the same linguistic root as “hospitality”? The term “hospice” can be traced all the way back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey.
There is a lot of misunderstanding about the work of hospice. At its core, hospice is not about death. It’s about helping people make the most of the days they have left. As well as helping people to find comfort for physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. In a poetic way, hospice is still very much about providing a place of rest for weary and ill travelers at the end of a long journey.
During the interview for my current position, I shared that I was only interested in part time work because I host a community dinner every Monday and Thursday. The panel of interviewers were eager to know more about these dinners and asked to see pictures. My heart for hospitality unknowingly helped me to stand out as an applicant because hospitality lines up so well with the philosophies of hospice. It is always a wonderful surprise when the seemingly unrelated paths of our life merge to point in one direction.
I truly like my job – which is always a surprising thing to hear after I tell people that I work in hospice. But I do. I find a lot of meaning in my work and shared joy with colleagues.
I’m also grateful that I’ve continued gathering my community around my table twice a week despite all the adjusting that’s happened in my life and home over the past year as I’ve adapted to having a family, a career, and a vocation.
Throughout this transition I have missed publishing content to my website and sharing with like minded people about the practice of hospitality. And similar to the pleasure of coming home, it’s time to return to this place where I find so much delight to write and gather inspiration about my favorite topic.
I spent the first month of 2019 rereading every post – updating and reorganizing the content, deleting posts that no longer seem relevant, and shortening almost everything I published. And I’m so glad to meet up with you again, ready to relaunch a simplified version of my website that includes: short stories from my community table, guidance in the practice of hospitality, lessons learned about home cooking, reflections on my faith journey, and of course recipes that I feed my people.
It is a joy to continue on this journey with you because no matter where our paths lead, we always have a place at the table.