End of Life Issues

What are Advanced Directives?

Most of us have heard about Advanced Directives. High profile cases like Terri Schiavo in Florida in 2005 have made us all aware that we probably need to have them. But for many, knowing what they are and how to go about setting them up can seem overwhelming.

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The Path to Peace: How to Begin an End of Life Inventory & Review

As people age or try to come to terms with a life-limiting illness, reflecting on life and on what happens after death often becomes the focus of their thoughts. Hospice social workers and chaplains across the country have conversations with patients that all seem to start with very similar questions. People who have recovered from a serious accident or illness also report finding themselves struggling with the same topics.

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End of Life Medical Treatment – Preplanning is Key! Part 1

Sometimes, no matter what kind of treatment your loved one receives, the important thing is whether or not their wishes were fulfilled at the end of their life. While this is a difficult thing to even imagine, you will need to make sure that the final time they have on this earth is comfortable and that they receive the care that they would like to have if they are unable to make medical decisions for themselves.

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End-of-Life Medical Treatment. More Documents for Preplanning, Part 2

In our last blog entitled, "End of Life Medical Treatment – Preplanning is Key! Part 1" we discussed Advance Directives, Living Wills, and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. In Part 2, we will discuss other end of life documents that you may want to consider having. We will start with what a "Do Not Resuscitate" form is, and how to make a decision on whether or not you want this form.

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Is It Time?

One of the most difficult things to experience is to see a parent or loved one reach the end of their life. There are many things to consider while they are in the final stages, and care priorities can shift drastically – with the focus on medicinal measures to palliative care for the relief of pain, symptoms, and emotional stress. So, how do you know when to provide end of life care? And, what are the best ways to cope?

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