October 22, 2018

Everyone loves gifts, right!?!  When you think of end-of-life decision making and planning, you typically do not think of gifts, but it can be the biggest gift of love and comfort that you provide for your family and friends.  End-of-life planning can look different to...

September 20, 2018

Cleveland - It is 7:30 on a summer morning in a chapel -like room overlooking the slate - gray, lapping waters of Lake Erie. Ten or se people, some just arriving at work, some finishing a night shift, sit silently in pew - like benches and armchairs below stained - gla...

September 15, 2018

How to handle grief after a pet’s death—and why we all need to change our attitudes about it

Doug’s amateur soccer team had just lost their playoff game and he needed a pick-me-up. So he decided to stop by the local animal shelter on his way home. He was by no means loo...

September 13, 2018

On July 24, an orca named Tahlequah (also know as J35) gave birth to a calf that lived for less than an hour. 

Afterward, Tahlequah carried or pushed her dead calf nearly a thousand miles over 17 days, finally dropping it on Aug. 11, at which point the Center for Whale...

August 30, 2018

Hospice is a word that should be welcomed and not feared. It is almost certain when you say the word hospice in the community that it is met with fear, uncertainty, and thoughts of immediate death.

June 15, 2018

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s husband writes of the “new future” his dying wife’s New York Times column gave him.

As she was dying of ovarian cancer last year, author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a wrenching essay for The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column, creat...

Okay, So What is Traumatic Loss?

There’s variation in how traumatic loss is defined in the research, but for our purposes, I think this definition from Wortman & Latack (2015) does the trick:

“A death is considered traumatic if it occurs without warning; if it is un...

February 8, 2018

Research shows that 44.7 percent of hospice patients are diagnosed with dementia, and the condition can be painful for visitors. You might worry about your relative failing to recognise you, becoming agitated or getting upset when it’s time for you to go home.


January 22, 2018

Dementia is a progressive illness for which there is currently no cure. Each person stricken with dementia will experience the disease differently, meaning it is impossible to predict precisely how an individual’s dementia will progress. It is also impossible to predic...

January 4, 2018

For years before her death at age 96, Nancy Lundebjerg’s mother underwent a long, slow decline.

Arthritis made it hard for Margaret Lundebjerg to get around. After two hip surgeries, she needed a walker when she was out and about.

Incontinence was a source of discomfort,...

Please reload

Please reload


BSA Hospice of the Southwest

Administrative Office
5211 SW 9th, Ste. 100
Amarillo, TX  79106


866.654.2941 Toll-Free

Inpatient Unit - Bivins Pointe

6600 Killgore Dr.

Amarillo, TX 79106


Serving Amarillo and surrounding counties across the Texas Panhandle.

BSA Hospice of the Southwest is locally owned and operated.

© 2020 by BSA Hospice of the Southwest