Category: Of Interest…

Items of interest to the Vaisnava’s C.A.R.E. community and readers.

The Symptoms of Dying

The Symptoms of Dying

 By SARA MANNING PESKIN, M.D.  You and I, one day we’ll die from the same thing. We’ll call it different names: cancer, diabetes, heart failure, stroke. One organ will fail, then another. Or maybe all at once. We’ll become more similar to each other than to people who continue living with your original diagnosis or mine. Dying hasmore>>

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How to Handle Guilt and Other Caregiving Emotions

How to Handle Guilt and Other Caregiving Emotions

Taking care of a loved one with an illness or disability can stir up some complicated emotions. You may have great days when you feel a deep sense of fulfillment and connection. And hard days, filled with guilt, grief, or anger. You might even have conflicting feelings, like love and resentment, at the same time. It canmore>>

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When a Loved One is Terminally Ill — Talking About Death and Making End-of-Life Decision

When a Loved One is Terminally Ill — Talking About Death and Making End-of-Life Decision

When a loved one develops a serious illness, it’s normal to go through an emotional experience akin to grieving. If the illness is life-threatening, it’s important to talk about death and plan for the end of life. These conversations can be difficult, but there are ways to make them easier. Facing terminal illness Time seemsmore>>

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My friend was dying. As his doctor, I had to tell him the truth.

My friend was dying. As his doctor, I had to tell him the truth.

By Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn  It was a cold December morning in 2015, and Roger was slowly dying. With end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he had been in and out of the hospital for months, each episode worse than the last. Once able to walk to his favorite corner store with an oxygen tank, Roger hadmore>>

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When Grief Gets Physical: Dealing with Physical Grief Symptoms

When Grief Gets Physical: Dealing with Physical Grief Symptoms

There is simply no way to anticipate what grief feels like. It is one of those experiences that you can describe to someone, but it is impossible to really understand it until you are forced to live with it. Of all the unimaginable aspects of grief, there is one thing we hear people say timemore>>

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Responding to Children in Grief

Responding to Children in Grief

Prairie View grief and trauma specialist explains how to help children after a death By Sara Kopper, LSCSW, RPT, CTS, Prairie View, Inc., Newton, KS Death and dying can be scary experiences for children. Because of death’s many uncertainties and unknowns, children find it both fascinating and frightening when it happens to a loved one.more>>

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Suicide Grief: Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide

Suicide Grief: Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide

A loved one’s suicide can be emotionally devastating. Use healthy coping strategies — such as seeking support — to begin the journey to healing and acceptance. By Mayo Clinic Staff When a loved one dies by suicide, overwhelming emotions can leave you reeling. Your grief might be heart wrenching. At the same time, you mightmore>>

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9 Things You Should Never Say to a Grieving Person

9 Things You Should Never Say to a Grieving Person

Even your most well-intentioned words can definitely hurt. By Liz Steelman When someone dies, the first steps are usually pretty clear: you fill the family’s refrigerator with meals, go to the funeral or attend a viewing, send bereavement cards, or sit Shiva. But after the initial period, the process tends to go off-script. We don’tmore>>

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Fear of Death: A Different Kind of Epidemic

Fear of Death: A Different Kind of Epidemic

When most of us think of an epidemic, we think of the rapid spread of disease involving a vast number of people. But there are other types of epidemics, those that are not driven by microbes or poverty, but by human emotions. They are referred to as epidemics of fear and anxiety. Our nation hasmore>>

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Doctors are Confused by Living Wills, Study Finds

Doctors are Confused by Living Wills, Study Finds

By Stacey Burling, STAFF WRITER  Philly.com Interpreting a living will is, by definition, a life-and-death activity. So, it’s not comforting that, when hundreds of doctors were asked to decide what nine different living wills and related documents meant, they rarely agreed. Doctors are confused by living wills, a study finds In a new study, themore>>

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