End of Life
The Conversation Project
“The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care… We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late… Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected.”
In the course of dealing with recurrent ovarian cancer there may be a point where tough decisions will need to be made. If you know that your quality of life is no longer what you wish it to be, hospice care can be started once the decision is made not to pursue any further medical treatment. It is highly suggested that a hospice team be called in sooner than later, as they offer compassionate care for both the patient and the family during the transitional time before death. The hospice team is similar to a palliative care team - including a palliative care physician, nurses, certified nurses’ aids, social worker and chaplain - and can be tremendously supportive through the entire process. It can also be the case that one “graduates” from hospice if the progression of disease stops and quality of life is resumed.
Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies – find a provider
2851 S. Parker Rd., Ste. 1210, Aurora, CO 80014.
P.O. Box 3406, Englewood, CO 80155
On the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care's Find-a-Provider page, "you can find a provider that’s right for you, whether you or your loved one lives in Denver or Durango, Craig or Lamar — or some other part of our state. Our member providers are committed to offering the highest quality care at all levels of need. You can find anything from assisted living care to community bereavement support programs. Click on the map to search by county. You may also search by services, certifications and licenses by using the table…”
The Denver Hospice
501 S. Cherry St, #700, Denver, CO 80246
“The Denver Hospice has a reputation as the most trusted and comprehensive hospice and palliative care provider serving the Denver-metro area…. The Denver Hospice serves a nine-county metro area. No matter where you reside, we have a team of hospice specialists nearby.”
"Death is one of life's most potent and sacred passages, as well as one of the most denied, ignored, and feared. If brought to the forefront of our minds, death has the power to transform our lives, release the extraneous, re-prioritize our intentions, and initiate our courage. Death, in all its mystery, invites us to consider that the profound peace we've long sought after has been with us all along. We know there are so many questions. We know there is uncertainty. No one needs to do this alone."