In our culture, death can be a taboo topic. For those who haven’t witnessed it up close, the only reference might be seeing death on TV or in movies.
“I would love some kind of realness about death for people,” said Katie Bracken, a hospice nurse from University Place.
“It’s ugly, it sounds horrible,” said Bracken. “I’m sure you’ve heard of the death rattle. That’s terrifying for family members. Sorry to be so graphic and morbid. It can be peaceful. That’s why hospice is important. We come in, we teach the family how to recognize early symptoms and administer medication to help manage that so it’s not as ugly
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