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End of life: Caring for a dying loved one

End of life: Caring for a dying loved one

Whether you bring a dying loved one home or keep vigil at the hospital, you can take measures to provide comfort and relief at the end of life. By Mayo Clinic Staff Caring for a dying loved one isn’t easy. Even when you know the end of life is approaching, you might not feel prepared.more>>

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Helping Someone Who Is Grieving During the Holidays

Helping Someone Who Is Grieving During the Holidays

During the winter, that includes the holiday seasons, one’s grief can be an especially difficult and lonely time whether it is caused from a recent loss or one’s grief re-surfaces from a memory of long ago. Hearing favorite holiday songs, participating in family traditions, and gathering around a dinner table with family members to talk aboutmore>>

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In India, a Quest to Ease the Pain of the Dying

In India, a Quest to Ease the Pain of the Dying

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. New York Times (NYTIMES.COM) TRIVANDRUM, India — It was a neighbor screaming in pain 35 years ago that set Dr. M. R. Rajagopal on the path to his nickname: India’s “father of palliative care.” “He was dying of cancer, with lots of tumors on his face and scalp,” Dr. Rajagopal recalled. “His family askedmore>>

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Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate Cancer Facts

Introduction: Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2018 ON THIS PAGE: You will find some basic information about this disease and the parts of the body it may affect. This is the first page of Cancer.Net’s Guide to Prostate Cancer. Use the menu to see other pages. Think of that menu as a roadmap for this completemore>>

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Dealing With Pain — Things You Should Know

Dealing With Pain — Things You Should Know

By David Kessler, Grief Specialist  Basic Steps to Pain Assessment When assessing pain, know the chronology of the pain, whether it is frequent, constant, or intermittent. Identify the character of the pain. Where it is, what is its quality (dull, stabbing, aching). Know the intensity of the pain. What makes it better or worse, ifmore>>

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Healing After a Homicide

Healing After a Homicide

“Senseless” is the unsettling description often used to describe a homicide.  A murder death ranks among the most all-consuming of tragedies. What could possibly cause one human being to extinguish the life of another? There is no satisfying answer. The devastating trauma inflicted upon the survivor can shatter the very fabric of your being.  Youmore>>

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Children & Grief

Children & Grief

Children and adolescents face losses every day, and they do grieve these losses. Of course, loved ones die—grandparents, parents, siblings, friends; so do beloved pets, often a child’s first experience with death. Other losses do not involve death but can generate grief, such as experiencing divorce or going to a new school. And as childrenmore>>

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How to Help a Loved One With End-of-Life Decisions

How to Help a Loved One With End-of-Life Decisions

Understanding the options, and a person’s desires, can give you guidance.  It can be overwhelming to be asked to make health care decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions. It is even more difficult if you do not have written or even verbal guidance. Howmore>>

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End-of-Life Rallies: Miraculous and Deceiving

End-of-Life Rallies: Miraculous and Deceiving

The fleeting turnaround before death is a little-understood marvel By Grace BirnstengelWeb Editor If you have a loved one in hospice, you may dream of having one final conversation or connection with him or her. For many, that wish becomes a reality, but it can come strapped along with confusion or false hope. “Terminal lucidity” refersmore>>

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Grieving and Healing From the Loss of a Friend

Grieving and Healing From the Loss of a Friend

 By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., LPC Understanding the healing journey. When you have experienced the loss of a good friend it may be hard to put your feelings into words. You may feel a mixture of emotions all at once and it may be difficult to imagine life without your friend. No matter how hard itmore>>

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