Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014

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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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Bereavement Counseling: 13 Months Toward Creating the New Normal

There are so many variables to experiencing loss. Consider, if everyone has a unique thumb print, everyone has a unique heart print.”

These are the words of wisdom from someone who has seen a lot of loss and grieving, and who has given out a lot of hope: Vickie Mears, Director of Grief Support Services at Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City, MO.
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Extending the Promise of Hospice Care Even More

Terminally ill patients and their families require a great deal of hands-on care and support throughout the end-of-life journey — on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. There are times when a patient’s physical condition in particular warrants more care than what the Medicare hospice benefit — continuous home care — covers.
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An Intern’s First Experience with Hospice

Brendan Young was a junior at La Salle University when he began chatting with the family member of a prospective student at an Admissions Night event. Discussing his prospects for a career in social work, the former hospice nurse asked if he had ever considered hospice.
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