When Families Keep the Truth From Their Dying Loved Ones

Answering the innocent question of what I do for a living can kill a conversation.

I work in hospice services, and have visited people in their homes,  hospitals and skilled nursing facilities when they have months or weeks to live.

Even our patients and families want to avoid talking about my job. Often enough, a hospice staff member is asked to not wear his or her name tag when visiting a patient.