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Coping with Grief and the Holidays

When you’ve suffered a major loss, the joyful holiday season with its focus on family traditions can be a stark reminder of the person you have lost. It is important to let go of the idea of perfectionism and be kind to yourself and others who may be coping with grief and the holidays. Honor your feelings and find new ways to include the person you have lost in your celebrations.
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End-Stage Dementia: How Do You Know?

When most people hear the word “dementia,” they immediately picture a person with a fading memory; a person who may wander off or forget the names of loved ones. What many people fail to recognize is that dementia is a fatal condition – even without the added complication of a secondary illness or infection.
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Smoking at End of Life: Does it Really Matter?

The numbers are sobering. Two out of every three cigarette smokers will die from the habit – from cancer, heart disease or other smoke-related illnesses. The CDC states that the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. But once you’re already sick, does it really matter if you still smoke?