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Palliative Care

waiting for my meds to kick in... Controlling pain is an important part of all palliative care. It's easier to keep bad pain away than it is to control it once it gets severe.

There are different ways to grieve. This is the 100th post card written to Josh after his death. He loved adventure and travel. His friends and family keep close in spirit by sending him postcards from everywhere. It's a moving blog.

Smile! You've got cancer | Barbara Ehrenreich There is a lot of pressure on those with life threatening illness to have a positive attitude. But is that really helping them or just making it easier for those around them? This is a very interesting essay.

'We Sweat, Crave, and Itch All Day': Why Writing About Bodies Is Vital - Atlantic Mobile. -- language often fails us when we want to describe pain/suffering. And, "the nation of the well" are often not interested in reading the laments of "the nation of the wounded."

November is National Hospice Month which recognizes the dignity hospice provides for patients and the people who are dedicated to serving hospice patients. #hospicemonth

Know before hospice

I Am Hospice For My Husband Bob, Who Lived His Last Days To Their Fullest www.hospiceaction... #hospice #action

It's hard to find words for the impact of a life-threatening illness on patient and loved ones. The thought strikes fear in most of us. But all major life events, good or bad, are transformative in different ways. I am grateful for Darcy Thiel's blog for providing this incredible perspective.

Published on Jan 2, 2014 Palliative Care specialists and patients discuss what palliative care means to them.

How a Palliative-Care Team Changes Everything - The Experts - WSJ

Those of us who work with death and dying are human. We take our work seriously and we feel deeply for our patients and families, but we also need humor to keep up our spirits. Chuckles the Clown's Funeral - the Mary Tyler Moore Show

Palliative care - Om in je achterhoofd te houden (of wat meer naar voren)

Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort to Pain and Passage

Hospice Care

But for now, I just want the world to see, respect, and remember this photograph Miles took of his sister this morning, shortly before her life ended. He brought her dog Jethro from her home to the hospice house so Jethro could also say goodbye.

this reminds me of MomMom when she was in hospice, unable to speak & barely able to move at all... she reached out her hand to pet Henry one last time ♥

Pets bring so much joy and comfort. #pettherapy #hospice

Respecting Choices Facilitator Curriculum - Respecting Choices: Advance Care Planning - Gundersen Health System - Gundersen Health System - ...

Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

Great article on how doctors' experiences with end of life impact their own decisions. Doctors have knowledge and awareness that few patients/families have, but they are still human. How Doctors Die - Showing Others the Way -

So often in my work, the elderly are so ill and frail. It's important to see other sides of aging. Here, an elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Check out their impromptu performance. This makes me smile every time.

What an interesting community project! I'd love to watch people as they think this over and come up to write on the wall.