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Happily Ever After: Even Death Couldn’t End This Love Story

Gene and Helen Galipeau may have lived the consummate love story of their generation.   Both born in 1924, they met and fell in love during World War II. That love grew during nearly 72 years of marriage and culminated

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Volunteering for Hospice Brings Many Rewards

Death is not a stranger to me. Both my parents died before I was 30, and I have lost several other loved ones during the past 20 years.   In March 2016, my uncle spent his final days at the

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‘A Monster Calls’ – Exploring Child Grief

Our child life specialists are constantly looking for quality resources to share with families and professionals who are faced with supporting children through a parent’s life-limiting illness. Recently, Care Dimensions child life specialists saw the new Hollywood movie that portrays

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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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