My first year as a volunteer I wanted to participate in the Night of Remembrance service, mainly because my father had talked about how much the care provided by the local hospice that took care of my mother had meant
Some people have the wrong idea about what hospice care means. Many people hear hospice, and they think “brink of death” care or “nothing more can be done.” In reality, hospice helps people with life-limiting illnesses live to their fullest
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear” –C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
“Grief is the price we pay for love” – Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
“Winter is come and gone, but grief returns with the
Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help
The case manager shared with me that she felt the patient was dealing with an intense emotional issue and wondered if I could talk to him since I had been visiting him regularly. He seemed reluctant to speak about it.
As a hospice provider, we are faced with unique situations daily. We all agree that the patients touch our lives in so many ways. Often when visiting a patient, I may not know very much about the patient except for
With so many holidays around the end of the year, this season is a natural time of reflection for many families. We may fondly (or not-so-fondly) remember past holidays, and we may also be looking for ways to create new
Did you know there is a caregiver support center right here in the Triangle area that provides free information, referrals, education, and support to family caregivers? It is Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center and it is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity
The first hospice patient I ever visited was 92-year-old Ms. E. One of her remaining pleasures in life was playing Scrabble. And so that was the “support” I provided: companionship in the form of Scrabble.
When I arrived on a typical
Most of us think of Consumer Reports as a resource when we’re contemplating a new TV, or looking for safety ratings of carseats. But finding a hospice program? Well, recently Consumer Reports published an article on how to find a