In the wake of media attention to tragedy around the world and in our backyards, it is often tempting for adults and caregivers to shelter children from the reality of death. But shielding kids from tragic death can be just
Making decisions as a caregiver almost always comes with pressure and stress. Even if aware of the loved one’s wishes, circumstances may make them seem less definable and unclear. Consequences of these decisions can affect your loved one’s life and
Jack was a World War II veteran. He had advanced cancer. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy no longer helped and he was referred to hospice services.
He had enlisted in the Army very early in the war. He was a farm boy
I did not have many expectations going into the hospice experience, as I had no prior experience in the process during either my personal life or my medical training. I did, however, expect it to be a solemn experience, since
If by chance, you have a memory of me,
Let it be one of laughter;
Let me leave to you a memory of joy.
And if, by chance, you have a thought of me,
It is important to maintain a sense of independence for the caregiver and the caregiver’s loved one. This does require a deep level of involvement. Daily routines need to be developed that include exercise, self-care, leisure activities, social groups, work,
Holidays can be difficult, whether we have recently experienced a loss or have been alone for some time. It is a time when memories, good and bad, come back to haunt us about the way it was (or we somehow
My first experience with palliative care was in medical school. The team had been asked to consult on a woman in her 50s who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and carcinomatosis. The reason for the consult was to
The change of seasons is upon us as the days cool and nights become longer. If the weather doesn’t remind you of the season, sights of holiday décor lining the aisles of stores and questions about holiday plans from friends
It is not always easy knowing how to deal with a loved one’s physical disabilities. There are several ways you can make dealing with the limitations more pleasant for your loved, such as making a list of any distinctive needs