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Blog: Hospice Views

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The 7 Commandments of Spiritual Care

Every life is filled with blessings and hardships, love and loss, goals achieved and expectations left unfulfilled. Throughout a patient’s decline, the role of the chaplain is to help the terminally ill reach a place of gratitude for a life well lived. At Crossroads Hospice, chaplains provide emotional comfort and spiritual care to our patients. Chaplains also offer grief support to patients’ families, who are coping with the reality of losing their loved one. Built on a relationship of trust and respect, the following are the guidelines I use when providing end-of-life spiritual care.
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Crossroads Hospice's Role in Today's Supreme Court Case

For Jim and John, loving each other was never a struggle, and certainly not a social statement. It was just who they were. They met in the city where they made their home together for more than two decades, and in their minds, Jim says, “we’d always been married.”
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National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16, the day after Tax Day. This is an important day that has been set aside to encourage people to ask themselves the question, “Who will speak for me if I cannot speak for myself?”

National Healthcare Decisions Day is about taking the time to create an advanced directive for healthcare decisions. Advanced directives, like a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or a Living Will, offer an opportunity to document who would speak for you regarding health care decisions if you were unable to speak for yourself.
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Gift of a Day Serenade for Former Country Player

When it comes to music, you couldn’t really call Ardena Kilet open minded. To the Crossroads Hospice patient from Bush City, Kansas, the field of music is pretty narrow. “There’s only one kind of music,” she said, during a Life Journals interview with a volunteer. “And that’s country music.”
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Terminal Cancer: Making the Transition to Hospice

Delivering a diagnosis of terminal cancer is one of the hardest parts of a doctor’s job. For many patients, they tried to control the disease through chemotherapy and radiation. Every ounce of their being was focused on a cure. Then they get the news that the treatment isn’t working.