This last week in September marks the completion of the first full month of Transitions Kids, specialized hospice services supporting terminally ill children and teens and their families. For many parents, the death of a child feels almost impossible to
Being a caregiver and in a relationship with the person you are caring for is difficult. You may not always know how to handle the changes in the relationship. It is hard to be understanding all the time. It
For more than five years, some of the best hours of my single-woman, childless life have been those spent as a Transitions volunteer. It all started when a dear, 90-year-old friend had a massive stroke. As I entered the hospital room
Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings about the death. It is an essential part of healing.
Your grief is unique. No one grieves in exactly the same way.
Your particular grief experience will be influenced by the type
Isolation and loneliness are feelings caregivers often have, and can be caused by withdrawal from previous surroundings and lifestyles or when caregivers are left alone in their caregiving duties. Caregivers without support from others in similar situations may feel as
Jane has been with Transitions LifeCare for since 2013. She received her master’s in nursing from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She received her post master’s certificate in palliative and hospice care from Vanderbilt University. Jane’s 40 years of
Grieving people often feel alone in a society that is uncomfortable with suffering, invisible in a world where no one sees how their world has changed. You can help by simply and genuinely acknowledging the loss and the pain, and
It is common knowledge that caregiving can be stressful. As caregivers we tend to be busy with so many things it is hard to make time for ourselves. Even though our schedules may be filled up so full that we