Since it is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Mountain View Memorial Park wishes to acknowledge Julie Hartman , Bereavement Counselor at MultiCare Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care. Julie started as a hospice intern for MultiCare, and has since worked for the same agency for 4 years. Julie’s passion for her work is apparent in her interview:
Julie’s journey into the hospice field almost seems like a fluke, but she believes “nothing happens by chance”. In the past she cared for her own grandmother at the end of her life. This experience along with other losses inspired her to try working in hospice. She joined the team as an intern, learned from incredible people, and fit perfectly in the role.
Julie has dealt with countless emotions since she’s worked in the hospice field. She says the most powerful emotion she has experienced is the reality that a loved one could be gone in an instant at any moment. She strives to find the balance between debilitating fear and making the most of every moment. Over time, she has also learned how to navigate the feelings of sympathy without letting them consume her.
Julie states her greatest challenge is talking about death, grief, and healing in a culture that does not accept this part of life or the pain associated with it. She helps people understand that it is normal to grieve and cry when a loved one dies. She stresses the fact that grief takes time and requires people to face the pain in order to heal.
To learn more about Julie, visit our website.