When someone is dying, sometimes the best medicine is not medicine at all. And sometimes what needs to be healed, is not the body, but the mind. That is the kind of caretaking that Paul Kelley takes pride in doing. When Kelley began his career as a hospice worker in 1983, he knew instantly that he had found his calling.
"I can't fix my toilet at home, I can't fix the car, I can't do bookkeeping, I can't do computers. But I can be with someone who is dying, for some reason."
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This piece was produced by KALW's The Spiritual Edge series, in collaboration with StoryCorps Legacy and the Zen Hospice Project. For more stories from The Spiritual Edge, click here.
The audio version of this story contains an error. The recording was made at the Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco.