Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Hospice of Southern Illinois Comforts Entire Family at the End of Life

mess_logoPublished November 2003 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese

Margaret Hettenhausen is not afraid to die. Lying comfortably in a chair in her own home, she strokes her beloved cat, Missy, and says, “I’m not afraid; I’m ready.”

Two months ago, Hettenhausen was driving a car; today she is unable to walk without support. The 92-year old is suffering from ovarian cancer. She may live two more days – two more years. Continue reading


July 20, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing | , , , , | Leave a comment