Practical advice and comfort measures for caregivers present during the death of a loved one
No matter how long your loved one’s death has been anticipated, it will still be devastating and traumatic.
As Death Approaches
Practical advice and comfort measures for caregivers present during the final days of life.
As death approaches, people often experience a decrease in appetite with little or no interest in food and drink. They may be unable to digest food or to take fluids by mouth.
End of Life Planning and Preparation
Despite a doctor's best efforts and hard work, treatment sometimes stops working, and a cure or long-term remission is no longer possible.
Grieving your losses
Talking to a Dying Loved One
The thought of dying often times evokes fear and apprehension in people. Thinking of others dying can make our own mortality seem very real. Research has shown that dying people are even ostracized from society, even avoided by close friends and family.
Recognizing the Dying Process
The dying process usually begins well before death actually occurs.
Death is a personal journey that each individual approaches in their own unique way. Nothing is concrete, nothing is set in stone. There are many paths one can take on this journey but all lead to the same destination.
Deciding where to die
Once one is faced with the knowledge that death is eminent the decision has to be made where to die…Making the decision where to spend your last days of life is not always easy. Each choice has its pros and cons, and personal preference can sometimes be trumped by practicality.
If you are faced with making this decision and need a little guidance, I encourage you take notes as you read along. For each option you are considering, list the pros and cons for each. Reviewing your notes when you’re done should provide you with some clarity and direction.
At the Hospital
Misconceptions about Hospice and Palliative Care
Frequently Asked Question
· What can hospice do for me?
The diagnosis of Cancer, Renal or Liver failure, advanced stage Alzheimers, HIV or Motor Neuron Disease is extremely traumatic. Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services offers support, hope and comfort to those individuals who find themselves in this situation. We provide home based care and assistance at home to ease the burdens which are placed on the patient and the family.