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Angels Among Us

By Robin Loving

There are angels among us. When our time comes, they are here to help us die with dignity. They are the palliative professionals at our local hospice. This will surprise many who remember that we had a hospice, but were not aware that we now have a new hospice—this time, a sustainable hospice. Its name is “Mitigare,” which means to mitigate or relieve. Mitigare relieves the emotional, physical, spiritual, and social stresses of the dying, as well as those of their loved ones.

“Mitigare Hospice provides professional, quality assistance to patients and their families in their homes, on a sliding scale for everything from beds to meds to caregivers,” said Lee Carter, one of Mitigare’s founders.

Leading his team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and thanatologists, (those who work with the psychological and social aspects of death) is Doctora Lourdes Tejeida, who hails from San Miguel and is the expert on hospice care in the state of Guanajuato. “We share information to validate emotions, thoughts, possibilities, and fears that the patient and their loved ones might have. This prevents panic and allows the process to be peaceful,” she said.

Mitigare is planning international training for its doctors, nurses, social workers, etc., because there are only 30 hospice doctors in the country. Dra. Tejeida, who has three post-graduate credentials in teaching, public health, and palliative care (pain relief), will lead this training. She wants everyone to be able to have a “good death, with dignity.”

When is it time to call Mitigare Hospice? “Call us when you get the terminal diagnosis, so we may begin immediately to increase your quality of life,” said Dra. Tejeida. Her number is 415 138 6145. She may be reached by e-mail at mitigarecuidadospaliativos@gmail.com.

Watch for the final article in this series, Hospice President Shares Goals. For more information, see mitigare.org, and/or phone 415 138 6145, and or e-mail contacto@mitigare.org and/or mitigarecuidadospaliativos@gmail.com.

 

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