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Orientation Board: Activities for Dementia Patients

One 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.
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What is a Death Rattle?

One 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.
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Understanding End-of-Life Constipation

End-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.
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Five Ways to Engage Your Kids While Grieving

The 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.
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How to Cope with the Death of a Friend

You 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.
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