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Old 11-11-2004, 05:31 PM   #16
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Music is good too, tapes or CDs. And a taped letter is a good idea, she might not have the strength to read a card or letter but I bet she would like to hear your voices.
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:44 PM   #17
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Sorry to hear about your DH's cousin.

How about crossword puzzles or some of those hand held electronic games like Yahtzee?
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:57 PM   #18
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When a gentleman I worked with was in hospice, some of us went to visit. He couldn't think of anything HE wanted, but we asked the director if she had any ideas. She said that funny movies were always at a premium. They only had 6 & then watched the same ones over & over. (Many there had no family at all to visit them.)

Some of us raided our VCR cupboards & others started taping movies off of Comedy Central. The stack of tapes we sent is still being used, even though our friend is no longer there.

WalMart sometimes has DVDs in a big bin that are < $10. Things like Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Carol Burnett would be good in addition to the movies.
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:14 PM   #19
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How about some books on tape? Like they have at Cracker Barrel and in the book stories, this way she could just listen and not have to concentrate so hard on reading.............maybe even a lap desk.........it has a pillow on one side and a surface for writing or what ever on the other.
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:05 PM   #20
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So sorry to hear this
You are so thoughtful to try to make her last days a litttle brighter!
I've had 2 people in my immediate family die of cancer(my dad and my sister) and the things they liked most were...

A prayer angel...from Hallmark. They are a set of prayer angels really cute and they have a nice saying that goes with them that is very comforting.
A messager of some sort. They get so sore and ache all over, so if you can find a gentle messager I'm sure that would be nice.
Some Christian music if she is religious, it will be nice to hear comforting words about God, there are so many nice choices now.
Or one of those sounds machines...rain/sea/forest etc.
Believe it or not a nice basket of goodies (you could have them sent or make some yourself and send them)..., because she may have a craving for good, junkie things to eat esp. chocolate, if she still has an appetite.
They also liked pictures that people sent of their families with notes, so maybe you could make up a little note with what's been going on with you and your family and some pictures to go along with it, even pictures of your house, pets etc anything of interest.

Oh, and really soft, cuddly stuffed animals (did she have a dog or a cat over the years?) maybe a stuffed one to cuddle with. It doesn't matter her age, my mom is 82 and loves her stuffed dog when she is in the hospital!

That's all I can think of for now,
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:23 PM   #21
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I'm so sorry to hear of her illness. I've never had someone close to me in hospice care, so I can't be much help. I tried to think of what I would want, and to be honest, I really don't know. I think I would like some inspirational reading. I've seen lots of books of that type in the bookstores. Something comforting. It's very kind of you to want to make her happy.
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