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11/12/07-Tyler

On Anniversary, Hospice Celebrates Legacy of Care

Everett Evans Everett Evans

Talk-show host and columnist Mitch Albom touched the lives of millions of people a decade ago, with the book "Tuesdays With Morrie."   The powerful story of courage was inspiration to patients and families faced with a terminal disease.

Tuesday night, Albom is coming to Tyler to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hospice of East Texas.   

"When we came to Hospice, we were pretty deflated.  We came here and found grace -- found compassion and information.  We learned that death is a part of life, just like being born. It's hard. It's sad, but it can be done with dignity," said Holley Howard, who lost her father after years of illness.

Everett Evans, a devoted father and husband of 53 years, came to Hospice of East Texas this summer.

"They know what we're going through. This was our first experience with something like this," Maxine said.

"The family is the one that is really hurting, sometimes more than the patient."

For any family, when someone's facing terminal illness, there are many questions, but often reluctance to talk about the inevitable.  Hospice is not a hospital, but a more comfortable place to reconcile what's to come.

"They can come to grips and say the things that need to be said. That it's not a giving up of hope. We're still all about hope -- hope about building families," said Hospice of East Texas chaplain coordinator Dennis Harvey.

"I don't know how they find the time for it, but they help the family to deal with all that they've never dealt with before -- and in a wonderful and loving way," Howard said.

Twenty-eight patients stay at Hospice of East Texas.  Hundreds of others are visited by chaplains, nurses, and supporters at home.  

Mitch Albom will be in Tyler Tuesday night talking about his newest book "For One More Day."

It's a story about savoring each moment like it's our last.

The appearance and book signing will be at Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler at 6:30 Tuesday night. Admission is free, but Hospice of East Texas asks those planning to attend to RSVP to (903) 266-3400.

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