"Death is inevitable," said Maggie DuPont. "We all get out of bed and write a line in an obit, but we don't prepare."
Maggie's husband, Tommy, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had surgery - but eventually doctors told him there was nothing more that could be done. It was then he and his family turned to Circle of Life Hospice.
"I was mentally, spiritually and physically exhausted - numb - and if anyone asked me to sum up in one word - I would have to choose peace," Maggie said. "Here I found a peace."
"We not only provide care for the patient striving for comfort, but support the family through end of life," said Dr. Steve Thomason, Medical Director of Circle of Life Hospice.
The Circle of Life provides pain management, counseling, and comfort, for the sick and their loved ones - all in a home - not hospital-like setting. The idea is to make the last days of life more comfortable for the sick and to take the burden off of the family so they can have quality time together.
"The Circle is a hospice but it's not about death - it's about giving the gift of life until the last second," Maggie said.
A staff of doctors, nurses, counselors, and volunteers make things more bearable for those going through the unthinkable.
"One day all of us are going to be in need of hospice care for ourselves, a family member, neighbor, a friend," said Mary McKinney, CEO of Circle of Life Hospice. "It takes all of us to be able to provide this service, and grow this circle of life."
"Each person has their own journey and different ending to their journey," Maggie said. "They care for each person accordingly."
Making it possible for people to be with the ones they love - when their lives come full circle.
For more information on Circle of Life Hospice, go to: http://www.nwacircleoflife.org/