A Blog Introduction

| By Casa de la Luz
Before launching into a blog, I like to give readers the chance to get to know who it is they’re reading. It seems like the best way for us to get to know one another, and the best way for you to know what to expect from this blog.
House of Light is a blog produced by members of Casa de la Luz Hospice. You will get to know the members of our team as they share their individual areas of expertise in end of life care, from the social worker perspective to the spiritual counselor perspective to the nurse’s perspective. 
We often come across patients, families, and friends who know very little about how hospice care works. Many might look at hospice as committing yourself, or your loved one, to a death sentence. Through our blog entries, and the conversations they inspire, we hope to encourage a different perspective about hospice services and dying. I love the way our social worker Lisa Daniels put it, “We can give them the opportunity to live their life while on hospice.”
Casa de la Luz Hospice was founded in 1998 in Tucson, Arizona by two local women, Lynette Jaramillo and Agnes Poore. Casa de la Luz means “house of light” in Spanish, and “Our mission is to provide superior care to patients and their loved ones, so that they may complete their mission on this earth in comfort, dignity, and harmony.” This is a mission that Lynette and Agnes, and the entire Casa de la Luz Hospice staff strive to accomplish each day. 
In order to fulfill our patients’ needs, and the needs of their loved ones, our services include arranging scheduled visits at home by our hospice care team; answering your calls in crisis situations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and providing grief support to loved ones after the patient’s death.
Every Monday, you can count on reading an entry from a Casa de la Luz Hospice team member. We hope to offer you information and assistance in issues of grief and loss, caregiving, death and dying, and help you understand what hospice care provides. We hope that you will keep reading every week, that you will learn something new, that we will be able to inspire you.
-Carrie Bui,  Communications Specialist
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