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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Spotlight

In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, South Park Funeral Home and Cemetery wishes to acknowledge Veronica Stephenson at Hallmark Hospice for her accomplishments in hospice & palliative care.

Veronica has worked in the hospice profession for a little over 1 year. She was inspired to work in this field by her interactions with the hospice patients, and aspired to be a hospice nurse.

What are some of the powerful emotions you have gone through?

Some of the emotions I have experienced would be sympathy, compassion, gratefulness, and I have felt very honored to have been able to share special intimate moments with patients and their family.

What are some things you do to take care of yourself emotionally so that you can continue to help others in your profession?

In order to continue helping others in my profession; I pray, meditate, exercise, and spend time with family, friends and my dog.  I also cook, baking, sewing, craft projects and gardening.

What has been the biggest challenge for you and why?

One of the biggest challenges is getting the patient late in their disease process, when we could have helped them much earlier with symptom management, care issues, and other supportive measures.

What do you believe has been your key to having great relationships with your patients?

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to be loved, have dignity and respect.

How do you motivate yourself?

I have the opportunity to assist a patient and their family in the transition from this life into the next.  Knowing that I can make the difference from a traumatizing death experience to a comfortable, peaceful death.

Looking back on the first person in your care, how would you say you have evolved from that moment and in which ways?

From the beginning to now, I have learned each person has a very different view of what their end of life should be like. It is my job to make sure that those wishes are respected and carried out

What advice would you give someone who is considering hospice service in the near or far future?

The benefits of hospice are to allow patient’s comfort and dignity in the last days of their life.  Also, support measures for the family regarding emotional, spiritual and bereavement services are offered to help them through this transition.

For more information on Hallmark Hospice:

1120 NASA Parkway, Suite 340A
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: (281) 333-4048
Fax: (281) 333-4341