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My Life in the Balance

During the two tough years of my husband’s illness, I lost my balance. Every consideration in my life was laser-focused on his well-being. I never doubted the vital importance of my full-time role as a caregiver; in fact, I considered

Living with Advanced Cardiac Disease

February is American Heart Month, a time to take preventive measures to care for your cardiovascular system and learn more about living with cardiac disease.   According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 5.8

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

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

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

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

Papi’s Peeps Prepare for Walk for Hospice

Donald “Ace” Adams was a man who knew what he liked. He loved listening to Sunday morning Jazz, going to flea markets, and following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.   A Concord native, Ace, as he was

Ipswich Coach Woodworth’s Legacy Lives On

Editor’s Note: Doug Woodworth lived his life in the service of others. A beloved teacher, coach and mentor, he passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on December 13, 2015. Doug’s wife, Maureen, recalls Doug’s vibrant life and the

Helping Hospice Patients by Honoring Papa

3 Keys to Spiritual Care in Hospice

Hospice chaplains work within the realms of mystery and meaning.  When you work with the soul of a person rather than their physical body, you are in a place that defies definition and is so vast in its importance, it

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