Coping with the death of a loved one is challenging and emotionally overwhelming. You may experience a wide range of emotions including shock, anger, guilt, and extreme sadness. Grief can also have effects on your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat or even concentrate. Everyone’s grief is different and personal to them; there […]
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit hospice that was founded almost 40 years ago by community volunteers to meet the needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Much about hospice care (link to hospice page) has changed since then. This specialized medical care is more readily available, and such care at end […]
The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness is devastating. It creates emotions, issues and anxiety unequal to almost anything else in life. We also understand that for many families, beginning the conversation around end of life planning is a difficult discussion to begin. We hope this complete family discussion guide will help you start the conversation.
There is no right or wrong way to process grief–it’s an individual experience. One of the many ways we help members of the community cope is through our Family Days programs. Learn more about the free grief counseling options available by attending a Family Day event.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is about much more than advanced care planning and pain relief. It’s about celebrating everyday moments and allowing the chance for you or your loved ones to spend more time together enjoying the things you traditionally do as a family. Find answers to common questions about making a referral to hospice in this article.
Palliative care improves quality of life by providing comfort and pain management to those of any age who have a serious illness. Your loved ones can qualify for palliative care no matter what age, no matter what stage of their serious illness while curative treatment is ongoing.
While all of our patients are special, we have a deep feeling of gratitude and admiration toward the men and women who have served our country. If you’re a veteran, you may not be aware of the hospice and palliative care benefits offered through the VA, and so we wanted to provide this basic guide […]
At Lower Cape Fear Hospice, we realize that “freedom isn’t free.” It’s only through the noble service and sacrifice of men and women in our military that we are able to have so many blessings. This deep, heart-felt gratitude is one reason that we provide extensive benefits geared toward veterans. Hospice provides a dedicated social worker, veteran volunteers and is partnered with the We Honor Veterans program. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of each program and how Hospice can help the veteran in your life.
Your parents are an instrumental part of who you are. From your first steps across the living room floor to your steps of achievement across the stage at graduation, your parents have watched you grow and have contributed to elements of your personality. Perhaps you never even realized the extent of this dedication until you became a parent yourself. When a parent is facing a life-limiting illness, it’s difficult to process the emotions surrounding the event. During times like this, we find that it is important to capture your parent’s legacy. We’ll show you how and provide some wonderful ideas.
It’s a conversation no one wants to have because it lays bare the challenges faced ahead; yet talking to your loved ones about hospice and end-of-life care issues can provide assurance and comfort to your family members. Many of the families we help say that they wish they had started the conversation about hospice earlier.
We know that the best time to have these conversations is before an emergency or crisis arises, and at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, we’ve guided thousands of family members through these difficult discussions. We want you to be aware of the resources available to help you have this important dialogue with your family.