Posted on August 17, 2017 in Caregiving Tips“How would you want to be remembered?” If you are asked to put together an obituary for a loved one, friend, or acquaintance, contemplating that simple question might serve as a practical starting point.
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Posted on August 16, 2017 in Dementia CraftsOne of the earliest signs of dementia is when a typically well-organized individual begins forgetting or missing appointments. While that might happen to anyone on occasion, individuals with dementia will experience increased difficulty with their sense of time and place.
Posted on August 9, 2017 in Caregiving TipsOne of the more well-known – and frequently misunderstood – end-of-life signs is terminal respiratory secretions. This symptom has come to be known in layman’s terms as “a death rattle” or “noisy breathing.” Helping families understand what a death rattle is can help alleviate their concerns.
Posted on August 8, 2017 in Caregiving TipsEnd-of-life constipation is a very common condition. There are multiple factors that contribute to constipation in the terminally ill. Caregivers should be aware of the symptoms so that they can address them quickly and effectively.
Posted on August 4, 2017 in Coping with GriefThe passing of a spouse is difficult for many reasons. Not only is there an avalanche of feelings that you have to cope with, but you are now left to handle financial issues, other life chores, and many times, children to guide through the grieving process as well.
Posted on August 2, 2017 in Coping with GriefYou can never really be prepared for the death of a close friend. When the news came that my dear friend Susan had passed away, it hit me like a punch to the stomach. Although she'd been fighting cancer for some time, there was no gradual decline. One week, she was hosting a house concert; the next, she was gone. The initial reeling shock of the news gave way to hyperventilating tears as soon as I could escape to my car.