On the hospice rollercoaster

If I had to visually convey what the experience of hospice is like for both the patient and the family, I would trace the shape of Thunder Road, the largest roller coaster at Carowinds when I was a kid. There are often sheer drops, panicked calls–because few have accompanied a loved one on this journey– and then genuine surprise when a loved one rebounds. This journey, for many, is a jagged line. 

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