Hospice Nurse Julie
'Ahoy Friends of Life, Death and the Whole Shebang!
Today I want to lift up a social media "influencer" I adore: @hospicenursejulie (on tiktok and Instagram). Julie McFadden is sharing fabulous content on the topic of dying, and her focus is DEMYSTIFYING the process, as she says "normalizing death". Julie posts information and actual footage of people in active dying (with all permissions from those who share these with her). She prefaces each video with a description of what will be seen and then offers a trigger warning before the video plays so you can opt out of the visual if you wish.
Julie's mission is to assist us all in befriending the process of dying so when we or our loved ones are present for it we are less afraid. She discusses changes in breathing, bodily secretions, open mouth, changes in skin coloration - and shares that all these things are perfectly normal and do NOT mean your loved one is suffering. Julie also shares what most people, if they are able to speak, say just before they die (I love you, or the name of their mother or father who have usually already passed) . . . and that, as many of us who work in hospice know, a surprising number of people - whether they are religious or spiritual in life or not - see and speak to "angels" and loved ones who have already died.
If you would like to watch Julie's videos or perhaps share them with family members, caregivers of the dying, your patients or clients, here are some links to start you off:
CLICK HERE to visit @hospicenursejulie 's instagram account.
CLICK HERE to watch a Youtube intervierw with Julie.
CLICK HERE to read an article about Julie from Insider.
Julie is also listed on the Resources page of this site.
A Blessed Life and a Blessed Death to you all!
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