Month: January 2019

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted

What does that mean? This quote is from the famous story, The Lion and the Mouse, wherein a small Mouse, caught by the Lion, is released rather than eaten, as a kindness. Later, the Mouse comes across the Lion, trapped in a net. The Mouse remembers the kindness done for him by the Lion, and chews through the ropes, freeing the Lion, and returning the kindness. The moral of the story is held that there is no one so lowly that they cannot be of some use, and that none should be scorned for their

Family Communication at the End of Life

People often feel awkward and ill at ease when faced with the opportunity for communication at the end of life, thus the overall theme for the articles in this special issue is the creation of more awareness and knowledge regarding the depth, breadth, and importance of current research exploring family communication at the end of life. This introductory essay attempts to accomplish the following: (1) discuss the importance of talk regarding death; (2) highlight the formative role of family inter

Family Education and Consultation

Family consultations are an opportunity to explore the client’s needs, family expectations and a starting point to understand and learn about the Aging or Death/Dying process. In addition, we offer such consultations to assist with resolving issues or conflicts within the family regarding the clients care. Having an Aging Life Care Professional facilitate the discussion helps to clarify the objectives, and allows all participants to have a voice in the process. An Aging Life Care Professional

National Hospice & Palliative Care Month November

Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care HPP Celebrates November’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across t