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Managing Pain at the End of Life

Posted on June 6, 2019


brain Is death painful? Whether you are coming to terms with your own terminal illness or caring for someone who is nearing the end of life, you may have considered this question. A better understanding of pain and how to treat it can help create a more comfortable and gentle dying process for the patient and their family members.

Understanding End of Life Pain
The end of life does not need to be painful. The end of life does not need to be painful. According to June Dahl, founder of th...


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Alzheimer's vs Dementia: What’s the Difference?

Posted on May 6, 2019


brain Sometimes, people use the terms “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” interchangeably. But these words actually have different meanings. While there is a relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, there are key differences that are important to understand. Here’s an introduction to these often confused terms.

Dementia
Put simply, dementia is a nonreversible decline in mental function. It is not a disease, but instead a group of symptoms that commonly include problems with memory, thinking, problem solving, language and perception. Dementia is a general ter...


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What to Say to Someone Who's Grieving

Posted on April 2, 2019


cryingThe death of someone we love is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Showing our compassion for our friends and family who are grieving can be uncomfortable. Often, we do not know exactly what to say or do to support our loved ones during this complicated time. We may be afraid of overstepping our boundaries, saying the wrong thing, or making our grieving friend feel even worse. Here are a few simple examples of how we can comfort and support our friends and family as they grieve a loved one.

Be There
Most people don’t realize that simply being p...


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An Introduction to End-of-Life Doulas

Posted on March 5, 2019


patientWhen you hear the word “doula,” you may think of a person who assists a woman during childbirth. But did you know that another type of doula exists to help those not at the beginning of their lives, but at the end? Here is everything you need to know about end-of-life doulas.

What is an End-of-Life Doula?
Also known as a death doula or death midwife, end-of-life doulas provide care and support to those transitioning through the dying process. For the dying patient, they may provide ...


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