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I truly love this. ❤️
Don’t be afraid to mention their name. ☀️
This is an amazingly well-written article about our responsibility to ourselves to do the work that is necessary to heal from trauma. No matter how the trauma arrives, it is our responsibility to make sure that it does not “take up residence” in our minds and bodies.
Once clients understand this concept, they are empowered to let go, heal, and enter life renewed with permission to use their strength in ways that serve them well. As end of life professionals, we see many people who have unresolved trauma that they carry with them, sometimes for a lifetime.
This is such important work in hospice and palliative care. It is OUR job as hospice and palliative care physicians to learn trauma informed interventions and help our patients AND families! Trauma is not our fault! If we have access to care, then we need to seek that care and hopefully, get on the process to healing. However, so many do not have access to care- just like with hospice and palliative care. That's why we should provide trauma informed practices in our plan of care with our patients and families.
It matters. The little things are the big things in the lives of the dying. Beautiful story!
Hospice Patient, Former Pilot Gets To Fly Once More 30 October 2019 By: Tim Wood Topics: Aging , Airport Pilot Kyle Takakjian, right, with Eugene Peterson, left, and George Vermelyea, center, in the cockpit during last Thursday's flight. COURTESY PHOTO CHATHAM – The staff at Broad Reach Hospice an...
This is such great news - this may take some time, but the impact will improve end-of-life care for generations to come.
Moments ago, the U.S. House passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (HR 647).
What a beautiful story of community and love for kindred crafting/quilting/embroidery. I love hearing stories of random acts of kindness and this one aligns so much with what we are all trying to do as end-of-life professionals: give them a good and peaceful death.
Shannon Downey stumbled on an unfinished quilt project at an estate sale, and enlisted an army of stitchers to help her finish it.
Announcing our newest edition to our publications family: the Winter Holiday Issue of the Tending Grief Newsletter Series.
This little treasure is back from the printer on November 1st and will be shipped then. It is full of ideas to help your bereaved clients navigate the holidays while still making space to grieve.
The holidays can be a time of loneliness, emotional pain, and confusion for our clients. Let the Winter Holiday Issue be part of your plan to support them through the holidays.
Read more about our Holiday issue here:
Research finds that many people enter hospice only in last few weeks of life after enduring much.
An oh-so-beautiful essay about finally finding a place in the world to safely grieve. Beautifully written.
This beautiful essay by Margo Rabb, in today's New York Times, about finding a safe place to grieve 25 years after her mother and father died.
Such a touching story of community . . .
A simple act of kindness can go such a long way. ❤️
Evelyn Peters Rackmyer what you knew all along!
“Cows like to be with you, they’re very curious, they know their names, they always want to come up and see what’s going on.”
Friday the 13th and a full moon - thinking of all hospice and palliative care professionals today!
After months of working through a redesign, we are excited to share!
The Nature of Grief: Healing & Honoring the Seasons of Grief got an updated, fresh look! We included this video walkthrough explaining the improvements. Request your sample today:
Our thoughts are with all of the hospice & palliative care professionals in the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas who, in addition to preparing their own families and homes for safety, are also in emergency mode doing the same for their hospice and palliative care patients and families.
Many prayers of safety for you all. We just posted this meme, but it’s so appropriate we just had to post again. We are with you in spirit ❤️.
I was just thinking about those hot, long, sweaty days when I was having a tough day in my midwestern hospice world and it occurred to me that someone - somewhere - probably needs to see this today. You may not feel it, but know that you make a difference and are appreciated. Lead on. 🦋
I love Seth Godin. ❤️ I do NOT love marketing. 😰 But Seth definitely makes it easier when we know we have a message to get out there that will help others in their life transitions. If you need marketing help for your business, look him up: make getting your message out there more than a task - make it a mission 📖
How can doctors share bad news with patients? No doubt, this is difficult to do. Preparing for the conversation by learning the communication skills needed to gently and thoroughly communicate while taking their cues helps the patient and family assimilate the information gradually. http://bit.ly/2mbzBk7
Research shows that physicians are sometimes reluctant to have difficult conversations with their patients. Experienced physicians share their tips.
Building an engaged employee experience takes planning, but the initial investment creates an efficient, well-functioning team. http://bit.ly/2KhUzK8
Whether your traditional programs and tactics need a simple revitalization based on best practices or because you’d like to revolutionize them so you can engage employees, as an HR or employee communications function, we have the unique opportunity to turn everyday transactions into employee inter...
Palliative care consults for advanced cancer patients reduces hospitalization - no surprise to us in the industry, but nice to see the studies providing evidence. http://bit.ly/2OzOldS
Cancer patients admitted to the hospital with advanced stages of disease who were referred early to palliative care had decreased health care utilization and increased use of support services...
End-of-life planning talks often fail to communicate goals. Let's change that. http://bit.ly/2LYzR4Y
Too few older adults plan ahead for end-of-life medical decisions. Even when they do identify a loved one to make decisions for them, their preferences are not always communicated or...
Asking patients where they want to die when admitted to hospice linked to fewer hospitalizations. Ahhh, the beauty of simple communication skills to help others - right social workers, chaplains, and nurses? http://bit.ly/2KlcUFZ
Patients who were asked where they wanted to die upon entering hospice had lower rates of hospitalization at the end of life, as did those in hospices that monitored symptoms more frequently...
Oh, how I love this . . . ❤️
"Maybe you're the rain. The sound I hear that reminds me so much of home. Of you. Of driving in your car as a little girl when you looked over, asked my opinion about everything. When you made someone so small feel so very big."
Men and women burn out differently, and creating healthy boundaries benefits us all. http://bit.ly/2YAw6sB
Being more caring could lead to more female doctors burning out.
Why does a death rattle occur? http://bit.ly/2ORoezp
The process of dying is complex, and a death rattle is an initial indication that death is approaching. It occurs when a person is unable to clear secretions from the back of the throat. Understanding the signs can help to make the death of a loved one more manageable. Learn more about the death rat...
When working in end-of-life care, the cost of a bad hire has a ripple effect that affects coworkers, management, our community, and most importantly, our clients and patients. http://bit.ly/2KconJh
Hiring the right person for the job is the most important thing you can do to ensure your company's success. When you consider all of the things that go into replacing a bad hire, the costs can quickly add up. From productivity loss and theft to lost customers and workplace stress, it's more importa
Thank you Jane for being such an amazing advocate!
Like most readers, and as someone who understands and appreciates the importance of hospice care, I was upset by the report from the Office of the Inspector General that highlighted
I would hope that by now, someone has had the loving opportunity to explain that hospice could be an immense benefit to her and the whole family. Hospice is not giving up - hospice is providing comfort and hope for a good death when medical treatments are no longer effective. http://bit.ly/2KdrHUz
(CNN) – Valerie Harper, best remembered for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has been battling cancer for years. Now her doctor says it’s time t…
Heartwarming . . . ❤️🐶❤️
"These are dogs that are elderly and/or terminally ill, who don't deserve to die in a shelter. They need so little, and give so much love in return."
I love when I read something and inside I am saying, “Yes - this! This!” 🌟#purposedrivenlife #answerthecall #soulwork #sayyes
I can’t help but share this photo that belongs to National Nurses United - I know there are many, many nurses who can relate and deserve the recognition. Your job is difficult. Thanks to all of you who multi-task every single hour of the day to provide excellent care! #nurses #nursesrock #loveanurse #hospice
New Jersey becomes the seventh state to allow terminally ill patients to receive a prescription to end their lives if they have a non-reversible diagnosis and a prognosis of six or less months to live.
What are your thoughts on this law?
New Jersey will join six other states that have enacted similar legislation.
A very wise friend of mine shared this on her page and I asked her if I could share it with you. ☀️
She worked in the end-of-life community in our area for many years. A well-respected speaker, networker, therapist and businesswoman, her post holds a metaphor that is too good not to share (and you all know how much I love a good metaphor 🥰)!
Thank you Kelly for allowing the share:
Yesterday I completed something I wasn’t sure I could do. It was tough, I got beat up and have a few bruises but I feel accomplished and proud that I was able to do it. It wasn’t pretty or elegant but I stood up on my surf board, which come to find out is incredibly hard! 🏄♀️
Our instructor, Zane was patient and encouraging and only referenced Spicoli one time. Gratitude that he was there.
It struck me that his instructions for surfing were really more a mindset for life.
Our rules for yesterday’s surfing lesson:
Walk forward when the water is calm.
As the waves come,
1. Stand sideways
2. Ground your feet
3 lean in if it gets overwhelming
4. Hold onto your board and lift up to avoid the wave.
5. If you get knocked down, GET UP! If you do not stand up immediately, you will continue to get pounded.
Right now I’m walking forward because the water of my life is calm but I know waves will come. I don’t know how big or small they will be or if I will be knocked down or just knocked off balance.
What matters is that I will Get Up, wipe the salt from my eyes and continue to walk forward ready to surf the next big wave.
Great advice for life’s 🌊 🌊 🌊
Such wisdom . . . Good advice for our patients, and ourselves . . . 💕
If we don't heal the pain of our past we will bleed all over our future.
Credit for Story:
Put the Glass Down- Unknown Author
Spoken in the words of someone who experienced caregiving and the dying process, it’s the little things that add up to the big things.
Yesterday was my husband's birthday. I lost him to a rare form of lung cancer four years ago, a mutation that typically affects younger guys who don't smoke. I've learned it's important to have a plan for days like his birthday. It caught me off guard the first year. I'd expect Valentines Day
Just sent to press! We have finally completed our long-awaited bereavement newsletter series, “Tending Grief” and we will soon have pricing and details on our website.
We can’t wait to share our newest resources with you! The 7 newsletter series (designed to send every other month) follows the first year of grief and provides multiple actionable ideas to heal grief while conveying compassionate understanding of the grieving process.
PM us with your name and mailing address if you would like a free sample of our newsletters and we will mail them when they are ready!
What a beautiful story that warms the heart!
That’s a real butterfly on his finger. This is probably the most emotional thing I’ve witnessed at a wedding. The groom’s sister tragically passed away in a car accident a few years prior during the Christmas holiday. To honor her, the groom’s parents released butterflies during the ceremony in her honor. There’s a common belief that our loved ones visit us sometimes as butterflies. As they released the butterflies, they wouldn’t fly off. They clung all over them and even stayed on their bodies the entire ceremony and well afterwards into cocktail hour. This same butterfly on his finger stayed there the entire ceremony and then flew onto the bride’s bouquet after the recessional. Lydia, the bride, even walked down the aisle with two on her dress. Then a few hours later during the speeches, another butterfly somehow got inside the barn and landed on Lydia’s neck and remained there for all the speeches. Unreal. // @foxhillfarmexp @ Fox Hill Farm
As many of our bereavement clients can attest, having a person who can hold the space for them to actively grieve helps the healing process immensely.
Grief can be hard on your mental health when no one wants to talk about it or death. The bereaved is often shunned by their friends and becomes isolated.
For those of us in hospice, secondary trauma stress is a real thing. This article helps by making you aware of the symptoms to be watching for in yourself. Though the article is about therapists - as a hospice social worker and a therapist at different times in my life, there are too many similarities to count. We absorb vicarious trauma often when we are in the homes of our patients.
Yes. According to a study reported in March 2019 of US News and World Report, mental health counselors are listed as one of the most stressful jobs next to attorneys and surgeons. The burnout rate for counselors is between 25-67% (depending on the study and type of practice) with a turnover rate of....
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