Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief: Understanding Grief Before A Death

by Staci Metzger, MSW Grief is generally thought of as something that happens after the death of a loved one, but what many people don’t realize is grief takes on many forms, and can happen at any time. Grief can occur when witnessing a loved one lose his or her independence, when a loved one…
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Social Work Month

Celebrating The Important Role Hospice Social Workers Play In Patient Care

March is National Social Work Month, a time to celebrate the professional contributions of social workers. The role of a hospice social worker varies from patient to patient and is focused around addressing the needs and wishes of each patient and their family or caregiver. Social workers understand the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses. They…
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Using Technology To Aid In Caregiving Responsibilities

If you’re a caregiver, you know the labor of love this role entails—not only for your loved one—but for you and the sacrifices you undoubtedly make to fulfill this commitment. The average family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for a 69-year-old female relative, most likely her mother. She has full-time job outside of her…
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Family Dynamics

4 Ways To Navigate Difficult Family Dynamics At End-of-Life

There’s no doubt, determining the best care for a terminally-ill loved one can be daunting and incredibly taxing, especially when multiple family members and caregivers are involved. Family dynamics can play a significant role in helping—or potentially hindering—end-of-life care considerations for the person facing a life-limiting illness. When we love deeply, our emotional reactions to…
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A Tale of Two Hearts

A Tale Of Two Hearts: Hospice Reunites A Patient With A Long-Time Love

Love is a curious thing. Timeless. Enduring. Hopeful. When you’re young and in love, you don’t often think about what will happen to your precious love as you age and weather life’s seasons. But for those who have been separated from the one they love, by death, time or distance, it’s natural for some individuals…
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