Chronicles of Care

Simple Ways to Comfort a Dying Loved One

When a loved one enters into hospice care at the end of life, family members can feel a bit overwhelmed as they try to offer help in a situation they’ve never experienced before. Most of us haven’t been exposed to death and have never learned how to be with a dying person.

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What to Expect from a Visit with the Hospice Chaplain

When I was caring for my mother during the last days of her life we received a call from the hospice chaplain who wanted to schedule a visit. But Mom refused, saying she didn’t need a chaplain because she had her own pastor and didn’t want a stranger to provide spiritual care. At the time I was busy with caregiving duties and felt relieved that I wouldn’t have to accommodate another visitor, so I agreed with Mom’s decision and turned down the chaplain’s offer.

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In My Eleventh Hour: “I Wish I’d Had More Courage”

Guest Blog: The Courage Expert Sandra Ford Walston

Working as a hospice volunteer for seven years, I’ve witnessed a variety of outcomes during a patient’s final moments, commonly referred to as the “eleventh hour.”

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When You Disagree With a Loved One About End-of-Life Choices

There has been a push in recent years for adults 18 and over to create an advance directive to tell their loved ones what type of care they would like to receive at the end of life. This advance planning is especially important for those who want to avoid unwanted and costly care when they reach their final days.

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My Personal Evolution In The End Of Life Doula Movement

Guest Blog: Tarron Estes, Founder of the Conscious Dying Institute

When I look back on how I came to teach “Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula” education, I see a beautiful pattern of connections and relationships, events and places. All playing unique roles. All touching. All connected – A long steady stream of connections from early childhood to now creating a beautiful life design.

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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Sign Up for Hospice

If you have been caring for a loved one with life-limiting illness who has chosen or been advised to stop treatment for that illness you may be considering hospice care as an alternative. Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for the patient and for family members as well and can help you through this challenging time.

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Tips for Caring for Veterans at the End of Life

The first time I visited our hospice patient Ben, a 68-year-old man with cancer, I noticed that he was reluctant to talk to me about his physical symptoms. He denied having any pain even though his tense facial muscles and elevated heart rate suggested that he was experiencing a significant amount of discomfort. Ben was polite toward me but would answer my questions with only a few words.

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