Dealing with Death During the Holiday Season
November 21, 2017
With Thanksgiving coming up, and the winter holidays right around the corner, this time of year is a time for celebration, family, and joy. Yet, for those who have recently lost a loved one, the holiday season can be a painful reminder of their loss.
If you are struggling with grief, know that you are not alone. We have comprised a few helpful strategies to help you make it through any holiday you may be celebrating.
First of all, remember to practice self-care. This is a sensitive time, so be gentle with yourself. Know ...
Alternative Burial Options
October 18, 2017
One of the most significant parts of end-of-life planning is deciding what will happen to our bodies after we die. Many may think that there are only two options: either traditional burial or cremation. But it turns out that there are several unique and alternative burial options.
Traditional funerals and burials can take a serious toll on the environment. Cemeteries take up a huge amount of land, and resources liked wood and steel are used to make caskets. Plus, embalming fluid often contains harmful and polluting chemicals like formaldehyde. In an effort to reduce their ...
Choosing Hospice Care
October 2, 2017
Choosing to put a loved one into hospice care can be an overwhelming decision. In fact, many caregivers tend to put the decision off, assuming that hospice is a one-way street that will accelerate the dying process of their loved one. This is a persistent misconception. The consequences of delaying hospice care can be significant; a recent study found that patients often wait too long to enter hospice care, thus missing out on the potential meaningful benefits it could offe...
Public Policy Issues of End-of-Life Care
July 26, 2017
In a just-published issue of the journal Health Affairs (July 2017) devoted entirely to end of life care issues, the editor Alan R. Weil introduces the topic in this way: "Few areas of health care are as personal, or as fraught, as care for people with serious illnesses who are approaching death. At a point in their lives when their needs are often as much social and spiritual as they are medical, people are confronted with a fragmented, rescue-driven health care system tha...