As a Hospice Nurse in Hawaii I often get asked “how do you do this every day?” “how do you cope?” “Don’t you get attached?” I tell the that I do get attached and that there are times when it gets overwhelming but I manage by giving A LOT of hugs…. I hug my patients, their families, my husband, my kids…. Anyone who will let me. I listen to music, happy music, sad music, angry music…. Whatever I need to get the emotions out. The biggest help is my art… I draw, I paint, I color…. I create and every patient I have ever come in contact with a piece of them is in what I make… Because I carry them always in my heart.

- DW September 22, 2015