Dying people display range of emotions to hospice workers

Melissa Sandberg has spent a large portion of her life preparing and comforting people nearing the end of their lives.

The longtime social worker has consoled dying mothers who won’t see their children grow up, and also helped those at the end of a long life find peace.

“There are so many things people struggle with when they are dying, and so many things they wish they could have done differently,” said Sandberg, a team leader at JourneyCare, formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois. “Hospice is meeting people where they are in life and helping them at the end of their journey.”

Every person deals with impending death differently, area hospice providers agree. But how people leave the world depends on the regrets and grief they are willing to let go More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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