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    1. Hospice Care - Mind and Body Practices

      These techniques develop the mind's ability to help the body to heal or keep itself well. Some of these techniques, such as cognitive - behavioral therapy, were once considered complementary medicine and are now a part of conventional medicine in the United States.AromatherapyAutogenic trainingBiofeedbackGuided imageryHumor therapyHypnosisLight therapyMeditationMusic therapyPrayerTai chi and qi ..

    2. Making a Change That Matters - Topic Overview

      What is spirituality?Across cultures and religions, people tend to their spiritual wellness in countless ways. In the most basic sense, spirituality is about connecting with what's meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit. While there are many ways to describe it, most experts agree that spirituality can: Come from religious and non-religious experiences alike.Include the need to find answers to questions about the meaning of life, suffering, and death.Relate to how you think of the ultimate meaning and value of your self. Some people talk about the spiritual as the deeply moving or the feeling of being fully alive. Others call it the more than in their lives. For many people, spirituality is connected to a higher power. How does spiritual wellness relate to health?There is some research that links spiritual wellness with physical well-being.1Spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life's challenges. Some people find that tending to

    3. Stress Relief and Relaxation - Topic Overview

      What is kava?Kava, or kava kava, is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centuries. Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medications such as diazepam (Valium, for example).1 Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles.2 Although kava is not addictive, its effect ...

    4. Aromatherapy (Essential Oils Therapy) - Topic Overview

      What is massage?Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and

    5. Ayurveda - 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 ...

    6. 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

    7. Hospice Care - 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

    8. Caregiver Tips - 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

    9. Grief and Grieving - Topic Overview

      WebMD explains what grief is, what is normal in the grieving process, and how to manage sadness. Also learn the signs of depression to watch for.

    10. Grief: Helping Teens With Grief

      Key pointsKnow what is normal for your teen's age group. As teens grow and develop, they change the way they think about and express grief. Although each teen is different, there are some expected changes in thinking that occur during the early, middle, and late teenage years.Listen and watch for opportunities. If you listen closely when a teen is talking and watch his or her behavior, you will ..

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