The Hospice Team: Who We Are and How We Care


ISBN 978-1-938870-83-5
6 x 9 paper
approx. 200 pages
Copyright © May 2019

Available on backorder

Product Description


Thinking and talking about the reality of death is daunting and scary, but this series of 21 essays from 9 disciplines of hospice care will demonstrate that the end of life can be filled with profound comfort and hope.

From the experiences of those who work in hospice—including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, music therapists, volunteers, and more—you will be given an inside look into what hospice truly is and the many ways in which the hospice team cares for those who are approaching the end of life. The hospice team reflects an interdisciplinary team approach to caring, as well as the cultural, racial, and gender diversity of hospice personnel. These deeply personal, compelling, and honest accounts express a unifying theme of working as a team to lessen pain and suffering—physical, spiritual, emotional, familial—at a very vulnerable time for those in hospice and for their families and loved ones. The essays also dispel common misconceptions about hospice, including euthanasia, mercy killing, and deliberate overdose of morphine to hasten death.

Who We Are

The hospice team members who present these 21 moving and helpful essays are made up of:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Certified Nurse Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Music Therapists
  • Bereavement Counselors
  • Volunteers
  • Integrative Therapists/Volunteer Coordinators

How We Care

These compelling stories:

  • Demonstrate the love and dedication of the hospice team, their inspiration for choosing hospice care as their career, and why they never want to leave the profession
  • Describe the role of the hospice team in explaining conditions to family members and being there to walk them through the end of life process
  • Share the unforgettable relationships the hospice team makes with patients and families
  • Touches on the faith of many team members, and how they honor the individual spirituality of those they care for

If you or someone close to you is currently in hospice or soon will be, this book is a cathartic and comforting read. This groundbreaking book also serves a tool for those who are interested in learning about hospice care or looking to work in an area that inspires a sense of purpose. All readers will find this an insightful and inspiring read that sheds a light of comfort and hope on the dark feelings of fear, helplessness, and sadness that are so much a part of dying and death.


  1. The Physicians
  2. The Nurses
  3. The Certified Nurse Assistants
  4. The Social Workers
  5. The Chaplains
  6. The Music Therapists
  7. The Bereavement Counselors
  8. The Volunteer and the Integrative Therapist/Volunteer Coordinator


Coming soon!

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Joseph Wender, F.LBC, is a retired Rabbinical Coordinator at the Hospice of Palm Beach County. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, he earned his undergraduate degree in Theology with a Jewish Studies Concentration from Georgetown University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude). His Master’s degree is in Rabbinics and Hellenistics (Scheuer Foundation Fellow) from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his rabbinic ordination is from the Leo Baeck College in London, England. Rabbi Dr. Wender earned his Doctor of Ministry degree (specializing in Judaism and Gerontology) from the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Rabbi Dr. Wender served for 29 years as a Reform rabbi, and was awarded the title of Fellow of Leo Baeck College (F.LBC) in recognition of 25 years in the rabbinate in 2004. He served as Rabbinical Coordinator for Hospice of Palm Beach County, from 2008 until his retirement in May of 2017.

Patricia Ellen Morrison, L.C.S.W., currently manages and maintains a private practice in Palm Beach County, Florida, in Clinical Psychotherapy, specializing in aging issues, depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. She also serves as a hospice social worker with Trustbridge Health. Originally from New York City, Patricia received her Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She received her teacher certification in Early Childhood Education from Towson State College in Towson, Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She received a license as a Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) from the State of Florida and New York.

Patricia joined the faculty of Florida Atlantic University, as an adjunct instructor, where she taught from 2008 to 2013, in the School of Social Work. She joined the staff of Hospice of Palm Beach County, now Trustbridge, in 2010. She has worked on home teams, facility teams, and hospice inpatient units. Ms. Morrison took two sabbaticals to work as a social worker in New York City, first with Hebrew Home in Riverdale, then with Visiting Nurses of New York, primarily on the Mount Sinai Palliative Care Unit.

3 reviews for The Hospice Team: Who We Are and How We Care

  1. Administrator

    “I have spent forty years in medical centers, but it was only after reading these essays that I came to fully appreciate what hospice brings to humanity. This is a great and needed addition to the medical and social literature.”
    Lowell M. Greenbaum, Ph.D.
    Medical College of Georgia, Emeritus, Dean of Graduate Studies, and VP for Research

  2. Administrator

    “Reading each team member’s perspective in this book is like polishing the facets on a diamond and watching the light reflect brighter with each author’s story…. This needs to be read by all involved in hospice care to affirm our compassion and drive to make certain every day in hospice is a reflection of individual, intentional, and encompassing care.”
    Elizabeth Przekop, M.Ed., RN
    Former Executive Director, Hospice Atlanta

  3. Administrator

    “This book exemplifies the meaning and purpose of working with terminally ill individuals. This is a comprehensive book examining grief and loss from a multi-discipline perspective. It is a brilliantly written and all-inclusive resource that provides practice wisdom to working in palliative care. It assists us in understanding the emotional pain as well as emotional strength of those professionals working in this field. Most importantly it provides a deeper appreciation of the motivation of hospice care workers and how this work is so misunderstood by many. I have been searching for a book like this for years, especially to augment my grief and loss classes. This is the first book of major importance that emphasizes the introspective stories of those who work in palliative care. It is extremely well written, insightful and thoroughly up to date. A must read for anyone interested not just in hospice care but grief and loss in general.”
    —Diane G. Sherman, Ph.D., MSW, Professor, Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, Florida Atlantic University

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