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.
Mother’s Day. Father’s Day. Birthdays. Holidays.
These special occasions are supposed to be filled with joy and thanksgiving, but for those who have lost one or both parents, the events are tinged with unrelenting sadness and grief. These anniversaries serve as a constant reminder that those they loved are no longer by their side. When these dear people leave our lives, they leave a huge, empty space that no one can fill. Everyone processes grief in a different way, and there is no “right” way to go through it.
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.
Hospice care should be considered for anyone with a life-limiting or terminal illness. It is not a place to go when you have given up or only for the last days of life. Hospice is a program that helps patients and their families live as fully, comfortably and independently as they can – when curative treatment is no longer possible.
A care team meets patients’ and families’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Patients and families need to take advantage of this entitlement to care and not wait until the last few weeks of life.
No one should take the end-of-life journey alone, but quality end-of-life care remains a mystery to many people. In this article, we examine several myths that surround hospice and end-of-life care.
A 2014 report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that one in four Americans have multiple chronic conditions (heart and renal disease, diabetes, COPD, cancer, and dementia). That number rises to three in four in people who are 65 and older.