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In this episode, my dear friend and colleague Tasha Walsh joins me to talk about her mother’s passing and how she used her background in hospice care to make the end of her life special and beautiful.
Tasha Walsh has been a leader in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Professional Certified Coach, she has helped organizations develop a positive workplace culture while implementing best practices in their service line.
She has particular passion and expertise in Integrated Care: the blending of behavioral and physical health. Since early 2016, she has served as the Executive Director at Rockbridge Area Hospice in Lexington, VA. She is currently on the Board of the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care and is a faculty of the Healthcare Coaching Institute.
Listen in as we talk about:
- [1:45] What is Hospice Care
- [4:10] Debunking hospice myths
- [5:50] Tasha’s story and who her mom was
- [10:40] The emotions and complexity in dealing with caring for her mother from a different country
- [14:00] Learning about her mom’s diagnosis of end stage renal failure and leukemia
- [19:20] The process of saying goodbye to her mom
- [23:00] Providing hospice care for her mom
- [30:30] How Tasha reintegrated back into her life after the spiritual experience of her mother’s death
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