Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2019

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Grief After Accidents, Suicide, and Other Sudden Losses

Regardless of the circumstances, the death of a loved one is always painful. Grief is a powerful emotion. This is true even when a death is expected after a long illness. But when the death is sudden and unexpected, the traumatic nature of the loss can make it even more difficult to cope.
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Dad Wants to Die at Home

According to the Stanford School of Medicine, “studies have shown that approximately 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home, if possible.” Yet, only 20% of Americans actually have this wish honored.
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Easter Egg Animals: Activities for Dementia Patients

Easter is a very special holiday for many families. It’s a chance to spend time celebrating together over festive meals, holding backyard Easter egg hunts, and attending religious services. If your Easter plans include spending time with a loved one with dementia, there are many ways to include your loved one in your Easter activities.
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Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is held each year on April 16th – one day after Tax Day, when everyone has been thinking about paperwork and planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a time reserved to educate the public on the benefits of advance care planning. Events are held so members of the community can complete or update an advance directive. It’s an incredibly important mission.
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Poems for Grief and Loss

It’s hard to know what to say when someone passes away. This is as true for the one grieving as it is for those who wish to comfort them. When our own words fail us, poetry can be a source of comfort and hope to the grieving.
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Understanding the Use of Methadone in End-of-Life Care

Methadone is one of the most effective and most misunderstood medications in hospice and palliative care. It’s important to get past the myths and misconceptions to understand the true risks and benefits of methadone for hospice and palliative care patients.
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