How to Get Pediatric Palliative Care
Not all children's hospitals have palliative care services, and those that do may not automatically offer them. Here's a parents' guide to finding and receiving appropriate palliative care for their sick children.
Talking to Children about Death
The palliative care team can help parents talk to children about death and dying. WebMD offers age-based advice on what parents might say to siblings of a sick or dying child.
Caring for a Person With Dementia
WebMD's guide for dementia caregivers offers basic information on dementia as well as tips and resources for those taking care of people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
Caregiver Grief and Bereavement
Grief is a process of healing. Different people grieve in different ways. WebMD offers advice on healthy grieving and lists the warning signs of complicated grief.
Neonatal Palliative Care: Focus on Life
When a fetus or newborn is diagnosed with a life threatening condition, parents need help coping. WebMD spells out what this means -- and what kind of help is available.
End of Life: Coping with Anxiety and Depression
The palliative care team can help patients and their families deal with anxiety and depression as the end of life draws near. If clinical depression occurs, it can be successfully treated.
Life-Threatening Illness: What to Tell Family, Friends
How and when to talk with your family, friends, and children about a life-threatening or terminal illness.
Getting Your Affairs in Order
Things to think about If you're facing a life-threatening illness: Be sure you've drawn up a will, filled out an advance directives form, appointed a healthcare power of attorney, and discussed funeral/burial/cremation plans with your family.
Questions of Death and Dying
As life draws to a close, people need answers to important questions and families must recognize not only their patient's needs but also their own. A palliative care or hospice chaplain can help.
The Palliative Care Team
A close look at who's on the palliative care team, the services the team provides, and a suggested list of questions to ask your palliative care team members.