Managing Advanced Heart Disease at Home

February is American Heart Month. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5.8 million people in the U.S. suffer from heart failure, and 20 percent of them can die within one year of diagnosis.  

From Hospital Nurse to Hospice Reiki Volunteer

I am a nurse. I worked at North Shore Medical Center (formerly Salem Hospital) for 43 years, and for the last 25 years of my career, I prepared people for surgery.  I liked making connections with patients. I had people

4 Ways to Help Grieving Children Face the New Year

For many, the new year is recognized as a time of exciting change and renewal, but for those who are grieving, it’s not always sparkles and glitter. If you are supporting a child who is grieving, it is important to

What My Dog Taught Me About End of Life

Two months ago, our Maxie, a 16-year-old black Standard Poodle, died. During her 14+ year career as a therapy dog, she made over 300 visits with nursing home residents, hospice patients, and distressed college students. Watching how people responded to

10 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

For years after my partner Robert died, my emotions seemed to take on a life of their own. Starting at the run-up to the anniversary of his death (August), and crescendoing during the holidays, memories of our life together were

4 Tips for Caregivers of Someone with a Serious Illness

My husband, John, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) five years ago. Six months later, he retired from his job as a financial advisor, and I became his primary caregiver. Previously, I worked as a hospice volunteer coordinator in

Honoring My Wife’s Memory While Supporting Hospice Patients, Families

Six years ago, I lost the love of my life. My wife, Lorraine, and I were married 48 years, and when she died, I was like a ship without its rudder.   After a 20-year battle with breast cancer, Lorraine

Learning to Cope With My Mom’s Death

Editor’s note: Brian Morissette was 12 years old when his beloved mother, Theresa, died from cancer in 2015. Last year, Brian wrote about the experience of losing his mom for an English assignment. Brian has been receiving counseling services from

Volunteering to Help Fellow Veterans on Hospice

As we observe Veterans Day and thank those who have served in the military, we salute a select group committed to helping their fellow veterans who are facing the biggest battle of their lives.   Members of the Care Dimensions

It’s Never too Late to Say ‘Thank You’ to our Nation’s Veterans

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they

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