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End of Life

I recently had to assist my 78 and 82 year old aunt and uncle, respectively, who were dealing with some pretty typical issues – fear of losing independence, an awkward reliance on family members and their changing status in their own community. more

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When we think of grief, we generally think of the process and feelings we experience after someone dies. In reality we begin this process on the day someone we love is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. more

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Too often families do not like to talk about issues surrounding death, dying and funerals. Why should they ask? Soon enough we all will have to deal with these issues. So what’s wrong with waiting till the need arises? more

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Hospice seeks to “de-institutionalize” the dying experience and provide a more humane system of care for those who have received a terminal diagnosis of six months or less. more

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This week marked the 26th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Although, I would always rather celebrate a loved one’s birthday than the day they passed away, this anniversary allows me an opportunity to talk of something that I have never discussed more

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“I’m too ornery to die; I’m going to stick around forever to make everyone else’s life miserable.” Those were the only words of wisdom I had that alluded to her last wishes. more

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Advance directives are meant to give the loved one the ability to say what they prefer should they be in a position where they are unable to speak for themselves. more

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At the end stages of life, do not underestimate the loved one’s need for spiritual growth and care more

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Commonly used terms when talking about end-of-life matters more

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When you lose a loved one, it can be hard to do much of anything, but life must go on. more

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At the age of 56, my husband of 25 years was diagnosed with end-stage emphysema. more

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Caregiving in America is in great demand, from adult foster home owners offering familiar surroundings, to assisted living center staff patrolling hallways to answer assist request buzzers and lights. more

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“How is Hospice a good thing?” a prospective client had asked me. more

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Tips for Injecting Living into Dying Every day a daughter or son somewhere, or a sister or brother or parent, gets the news that a cherished loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. more

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One of the Bible's most recognizable quotes comes from the author of Ecclesiastes who wrote that there is "a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die." more

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Mom sat in her battered recliner.   Her hands gripped the sides of her head, and tears flowed steadily downward as another TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) rocked her. more

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The day began ominously enough.  Low clouds, shrouded in mourning colors, hung heavily in the sky, threatening to weep during the class at the Botanical Gardens. more

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It’s hard to say when it happened but I knew Your memory had started to fade and something was different about you more

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Join us as we celebrate Fearless Caregivers, RONDA DEVER, sharing her personal story as she cares for her loved ones. more

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