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Writing About Grief to Cope with Life as an Adult Orphan

Until recently, I did not fully understand what it meant when I heard an adult refer to themselves as an orphan, but sadly, I do now.  It’s impossible to prepare for losing one’s parents, and I am forever changed after

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Hospice Volunteer: Just Be Present. That’s Enough.

No expectations.  Just be present.  These two phrases have summarized my work as a hospice volunteer.   I started my journey as a hospice volunteer over 20 years ago when I lived in Rhode Island and was  raising a family

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New Year’s Resolution – Document Your Health Care Wishes

This time of year lends itself to self-reflection and resolutions, and is a good time to take stock of what is important in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. At Care Dimensions, we believe that one of

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7 Coping Tips for Family Caregivers During the Holidays

Holidays are meant to be a celebratory time that creates lasting memories with family and friends. If you are caring for a loved one who is seriously ill, however, balancing caregiving responsibilities and holiday preparations can feel overwhelming.   At

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12 Ways to Manage Grief During the Holidays

After losing a loved one, many people approach the holiday season with anxiety and dread. Although it is normal to have these feelings during such a difficult time, most people can reduce some of the stress by planning ahead and

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3 Tips for the Caregiver of Someone with Dementia

Editor’s note: November is National Family Caregivers Month.  This year’s theme is “Take Care to Give Care,” which urges caregivers to pay attention to their own physical and mental wellness.   Caring for a loved one with dementia presents a

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5 Ways to Help Grieving Teens

The teen years can be difficult for anyone.  Academic pressure, peer pressure, uncertainty about the future, self-identity and expression issues, and sexuality concerns are all part of teen’s everyday life.   When a teen experiences the death of someone close

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Reassurances: Signs From Departed Loved Ones Ease Grief

Editor’s note: In April 2016, Karen Wakefield’s partner of 19 years—Chuck—died of end-stage kidney disease after having received hospice services at home from Care Dimensions for three months. With Care Dimensions’ help, Chuck was able to stay at home until

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There Are No Words: Grief Support Tips

When someone you love dies, it’s not uncommon for others to search for the right words to console you. Though meant in a good way, many comments such as “they are in a better place now,” or “everything will be

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Hospice Chaplains Bring Peace to Patients, Regardless of Beliefs

We live in an increasingly non-religious society. Many people abandon organized religion. More people identify as spiritual, not religious. I believe God gave us faith; humanity created religion!   I find this belief in spirituality encouraging. I am part of

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