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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014

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End-of-Life Eating Habits: Why It’s OK for Your Loved One to Stop Eating and Drinking on Hospice

We associate food with comfort. Babies bond with their mothers while nursing or being fed a bottle. We give our loved one chicken soup when they are in bed with a cold. Food is so important to our cultural celebrations and holidays. A colorfully decorated cake and ice cream on birthdays. Turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. Spiral ham, pecan pies and sugar cookies at Christmas. Sufganiyah and livivot on Hanukah. BBQ burgers, dogs and ice cold watermelon on the 4th of July. It goes on and on. For generations, this is how we have shown our family and friends that we care about them.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Get on board the Volunteer Train

For 13 years, Tracey Dawson worked as a train dispatcher for Amtrak. She helped make the connections that kept the trains running on time. Now, she makes a different type of connection as a volunteer for Crossroads Hospice in Philadelphia, PA.

Starting a Family Discussion About Hospice

Even when we know a loved one is very sick, it can be hard to accept a terminal diagnosis. As your family negotiates their role as caregivers, communication is key to keeping everyone on the same page.

5 Ways to Honor Your Loved One’s Memory

Coping with a the loss of a loved one can be difficult around special days like the anniversary of the loss, weddings, graduations and of course, the holidays. One way to cope with grief during the holidays is to honor that person’s memory with a tradition or ritual. In fact, it’s been found that creating a ritual can help lessen the impact of loss.Continue reading

Two Country Music Divas, One Unforgettable Gift

Country music fans know her as the Queen. Listeners know her as the girl from small town Kentucky with a diva’s presence and ten number one albums. Crossroads Hospice patient Dorothy Rogers knows her as hero and now, can count her as a supporter.

Rogers has been a lifelong fan of Loretta Lynn, one of country music’s most prolific stars. The 77-year-old, under care with Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City, has visited Lynn’s childhood ranch and met with her daughters and husband, all in the hopes of getting up close to her hero. Continue reading