The Gift of Presence

The Gift Of Presence: Tips For Visiting A Terminally Ill Family Member Or Friend

If you’ve ever visited a friend or loved one who is terminally ill, and not very responsive, you may wonder whether your visits are making a difference. Some of the questions we hear include: “I don’t feel like I am doing anything” … “The person is asleep, or falls asleep, during my visit. Should I wake…
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What Happens During A Hospice Referral Visit?

By Lisa Making the initial phone call is often the most difficult part of hospice care. As a patient or family member, you’ll get the most comprehensive care by contacting a hospice organization when you learn the illness is incurable. You don’t need your doctor’s permission to contact us; we’ll arrange for the physician’s order approving…
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The Need For Advanced Care Planning

By Susan The New York Times  reports, “The Obama administration, reversing course, will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law.” According to the Times, “The move is an abrupt shift; coming just days after the new policy took…
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Maria Shriver On Hospice

Below is a short video of Maria Shriver sharing a recent hospice experience. Her message is very powerful and reinforces the value of sharing our stories with others. Special thanks to the Hospice Foundation of America for making Ms. Shriver’s video available. Have you had a hospice experience you’d like to share? We’d love to have you share your story…
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Experiencing A Hospice Chaplain Visit (Part Two)

By Amy  Elizabeth On another visit, I went along as James*, a Hospice chaplain, met with Elizabeth*, a cheerful patient living in a nursing home. I followed James as he navigates the maze of hallways in the nursing home with remarkable proficiency, stopping to greet each of the patients that he recognizes along the way. When we…
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