Grief: Coping With Grief
Key pointsGrief is a normal and healthy reaction that occurs when you lose someone or something important. Although it is possible to delay or postpone grieving, it is not possible to avoid grieving altogether. Grief will subside over time. However, the grieving process does not happen in a step - by - step or orderly fashion. Give yourself all the time you need to identify, accept, and express yo
Hospice Care - Arranging for Hospice Care
Once you have decided to pursue hospice care, you will need to:Complete documents to determine your eligibility and insurance coverage and to outline your treatment preferences. These documents include: Health care agent or medical power of attorney. For more information, see the topic Choosing a Health Care Agent.Living will. For more information, see the topic Writing an Advance ...
Caregiver Tips - Overview
Many people care for a chronically ill or disabled spouse, parent, or other family member. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, especially when you know that your care makes a positive difference. However, caregiving can be difficult. There are three keys to being a good caregiver:Take care of yourself first.Don't help too much.Don't do it alone.This topic will tell you more about these tips
Hospice Care - Considering Hospice Care
You may want to consider hospice care if:You have a disease or illness that is expected to shorten your life.Treatment that tries to cure the disease or prolong your life has become more of a burden than a benefit to you.You would like to spend your remaining life as comfortably as possible in a setting that you choose, such as your own home.You want family and friends to participate in your ...
Grief and Grieving - Treatment Overview
Grief itself is a natural response that doesn't require medical treatment. Sometimes, however, people need help getting through the grieving process. Initial griefMedicine. During the initial days of grief, anxiety or sleeplessness can make it difficult to function. If you suffer more than a few days of severe agitation, talk to your health professional about whether a short - term prescription ..
Caregiver Tips - Caregiver Tip No. 1: Take Care of Yourself
If you want to give good care, you have to take care of yourself first. Caregivers tend to deny their own needs. This strategy may work fine for short - term caregiving. For long - term caregiving, however, it is sure to lead to problems.Several problems can occur when caregivers don't take good care of themselves:They become ill.They become depressed.They "burn out" and stop providing care ...
Caregiver Tips - Caregiver Tip No. 3: Ask for Help
Some caregivers live under the impression that they are the only available source of help. However, other sources of assistance are often available that can make your caregiving easier. If you want to be a good caregiver, know where to find help when you need it. The more support you have, the more successful you are likely to be. Services that may be useful to caregivers include the ...
Grief and Grieving - Cause
Grief and grieving are the natural response to a major loss. However, any loss can cause feelings of grief, sometimes when you least expect it. Grief is typically triggered by a sudden loss caused by a traumatic or unanticipated event. Examples of such events include:Death of a loved one.Being diagnosed with a chronic or terminal disease.Disability from a severe accident or ...
Grief and Grieving - Home Treatment
Coping with griefHome treatment plays an important role in working through the grieving process. Talking about the loss, sharing cares and concerns, and getting support from others are very important components of healthy grieving. If you are caring for a dying loved one, it is important to take good care of yourself as well. When you know that a loss is approaching, especially if you are able to
Caregiver Tips - Caregiver Tip No. 2: Don't Help Too Much
The biggest mistake most caregivers make is providing too much care. Even if they don't admit it, people like to help themselves. Every time you do something for a person that the person could have done alone, there is a double loss. First, your effort may have been wasted. Second, the person has missed an opportunity to help him - or herself.As a caregiver, your highest goal is to give the perso