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Susan Martinez June 14, 2010 Psychology of Death and Dying Field Trip Assignment Forbes Hospice In trying to choose a place that would interest me and stimulate my thoughts about death and dying, I narrowed my choices down to two places; a hospice and a forensic autopsy lab. I figured that with my career choice in the future, FBI agent, a forensic autopsy lab would be appealing, however, when learning about hospices in class it was more attention-grabbing. The lesson on hospices triggered memories of death and dying within my family. I knew that by visiting a hospice I would be able to see families interact with their dying loved ones. The emotions everyone would be displaying, I would be able to understand; as well as, the emotions portrayed by the staff at the hospice and of course, the dying patient. The process of death and dying has never been an easy task to be able to see face-to-face, thus in preparing for my visit, I had to become accepting of death just as the patients were accepting of their condition. The hospice visit would be the perfect place for this assignment because it would better my understanding of death and dying as a natural part of life. I interviewed Amy B. Armanious, education coordinator of the Forbes Hospice, on June 7, 2010. My initial impression entering on the eighth floor of the T-tower was the fresh flower arrangements at every table. It immediately gave me the “home” sense of the environment in which I was visiting. As I walked past the receptionist, she immediately came to welcome me and shake my hand. The atmosphere was different from that of a hospital. It was quiet. The rooms had picture frames on the walls, for family photos. The only thing “hospital” about the
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rooms were the beds, everything else was catered to the lifestyle of an actual person, not just merely a patient. There was a “quiet room” where families, hospice patients, and staff members could go to, to clear their thoughts, listen to quiet music, and simply relax. Death and dying can be overwhelming for everyone in a hospice, especially for staff members who do tend to develop
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course PSY 1230 taught by Professor Lausberg,cynthia during the Summer '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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