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What’s the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

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If you or a loved one have recently entered hospice care, all of the jargon and terminology may feel daunting and foreign. For many people, two terms that often become confusing are palliative care and hospice…
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What Do Funeral Directors Do?

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With a loved one in hospice care, it's possible that you may be planning a final tribute sometime in the near future. But what exactly do funeral directors do, and…
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Simple Ways to Personalize the 7 Elements of a Funeral

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With a loved on in hospice care, you may feel a little overwhelmed with the idea of planning a funeral or memorial service. That’s okay. So many of us have…
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Self-Care Recommendations When Someone You Love is Dying

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If you have a friend or loved one who is dying, you’re likely dealing with a lot of feelings right now: sadness, shock, disbelief, anger, anxiety. It’s normal to experience…
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What are the Eligibility Requirements for Hospice Care?

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If you’re reading this, you or a loved one have either recently received a terminal diagnosis or have experienced a sudden decline in health. Most likely, your entire family is…
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What Services Does Hospice Provide?

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If you’ve never had to look into hospice care before, you may feel a little out of your element. One of the big questions on your mind may be, “What…
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8 Tips for Helping Your Family Through a Family Member’s Terminal Diagnosis

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Learning that a member of your family is dying is often the most devastating news a family can receive. Your family is starting a journey they didn’t ask for and…
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What to Consider when Estate Planning for a Blended Family

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As you look ahead and realize that you will be in hospice care for a while, it may be time to start getting things taken care of. Now, more than…
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Understanding Your Interment Options

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Whether you’ve entered hospice care and want to put your final wishes in writing, or you’re planning a meaningful service for a loved one, the ins and outs of funeral…

Selecting the Right Funeral Home for Your Family’s Needs

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With a loved one entering hospice care, you will need a team of people to help you in the coming days, weeks, and months. One person you should consider including…
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Top 10 Hymns for a Funeral or Memorial Service

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Whether you’re in hospice care yourself or are with a loved one receiving care, an important conversation to have is how to honor life and legacy through a personalized and…
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Understanding the 6 Purposes of a Funeral

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Now that your loved one has entered hospice care, it’s time to start talking to them about their funeral wishes, if you haven’t already done so. The conversation may feel…
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How to Prepare for a Funeral Arrangement Conference

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Are you facing the imminent loss of a loved one in hospice care? When the time comes, the emotions of grief may hit you hard. These feelings vary from person…
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Requesting Military Honors

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If you or a loved one are a veteran in hospice care, then you may be wondering about the process for requesting military honors at the funeral or memorial. The…
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How to Complete Your Digital Estate Planning

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If you or a loved one are in hospice care, you have the opportunity to ensure that your family is aware of your wishes for your estate. While you have…
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How to Avoid Common Pitfalls When Writing a Legal Will

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If you or a loved one are entering into hospice care without a written legal will, you may be wondering: “How do I get started?” and “How do I make…
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15 Bible Verses to Bring Comfort During Hospice

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When you or a loved one are entering into hospice care, you may experience a wide variety of emotions: sadness, anger, shock, denial, relief, and guilt, to name a few.…
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How to Create a Facebook or Instagram Memorial Page

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With a loved one in hospice care, it’s important to ask some of the tough questions, especially if you’re unsure of the answers. Has your loved one completed a will?…
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7 Building Blocks for a Meaningful Funeral Service

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“People who take the time and make the effort to create meaningful funeral arrangements when someone loved dies often end up making new arrangements in their own lives. They remember…
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Understanding Social Security Survivor Benefits

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If you or a loved one are in hospice care, you may be wondering about what kinds of Social Security survivor’s benefits are available for the family after a loss.…
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Recognizing Disenfranchised Grief

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If you’ve  recently lost a loved one or you have a loved one currently in hospice care, you may be wondering about how “normal” your feelings of grief are. It’s important…
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How a Memory Capsule Can Help Your Family Grieve

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Sometimes, words aren’t enough to fully express what you feel or say what you mean. In the times when words are inadequate, participating in healing rituals and actions plays a…
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7 Tips to Simplify Digital Estate Planning

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As you or a loved one moves into hospice care, it’s time to start thinking about digital estate planning. By leaving behind specific instructions, you can save family members from…
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How to Personalize the 7 Elements of a Funeral

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If you are caring for a loved one in hospice, you may be wondering…how can I honor my loved one’s life and memory? How can I make the celebration of…
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6 Tips for Getting Enough Sleep After a Loss

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Sleep is essential for human beings. Without it, your mind and body will quickly begin to show the negative effects of sleeplessness. As you’ve cared for your loved one through…
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How to Use Photos to Personalize a Service

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Whether you’ve recently lost a loved one or you are helping a loved one in hospice care make final arrangements, a personalized funeral or memorial service is key to remembering…
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6 Things to Share with Your Emergency Contacts

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If you have entered hospice care, it’s important to make sure that your emergency contacts know certain things about your health and wishes. An emergency contact is a trustworthy person…
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6 Normal Reactions to the Loss of a Loved One

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Even if you knew a loved one’s death was coming, you will experience a wide range of emotions when faced with the death someone you love. And those emotions aren’t…
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7 Ways to Pay for Hospice Care

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Facing a terminal illness brings many worries and concerns but paying for end-of-life care shouldn’t be one of them. Thankfully, there are many ways to pay for hospice, and many…
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Processing & Accepting Your Terminal Diagnosis

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You’ve just received the news you’ve been dreading ever since you had that first appointment: your medical condition is terminal. Right now, you may be feeling so many emotions –…
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6 Compelling Reasons to Write Your Will

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Perhaps unconsciously, we often think we have years to write a will, but if you or a loved one are entering hospice, the time to write a will and protect…

5 Reasons Why You Should Keep a Grief Journal

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Grief is an inescapable part of life. As human beings, we possess deep, complex, multi-faceted emotions, and it’s our responsibility to learn how we individually need to process those emotions.…
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Grief & the Power of Creative Expression

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After losing a loved one, whether they spent months in hospice care or mere days, sometimes talking about your grief isn’t enough. Maybe your words don’t fully say what you…
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10 Songs for a Meaningful Final Tribute

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Whether you’re in hospice care yourself or are with a loved one receiving care, now is the time to have the conversation about how to honor life and legacy through…
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Grief & the Six Needs of Mourning

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After months, weeks, or days of hospice care, your loved one has died. At this point, you may be experiencing a wide range of complex and sometimes confusing feelings. These…
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Caring for Yourself When Caring for a Loved One in Hospice

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If you are caring for a loved one in hospice, you may be so preoccupied with your family member’s condition that you have very little time to process your own…
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Writing a Great Obituary

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If you are taking care of a loved one in hospice, you may be wondering, “What can I do now, before the death occurs, to make things easier?” That is…
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10 of the Best Books on Grief

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Perhaps your loved one’s journey with hospice has been long and difficult. Maybe it’s been so quick you’ve barely had time to process what is happening. Whatever the case, grief…
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Helping a Loved One Get Their Affairs in Order

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The worst has happened, and your loved one has entered hospice care. While much of your time will be spent caring for your loved one, now is also the time…
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Identifying Complicated Grief

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If you’ve  recently lost a loved one or have a loved one currently in hospice care, you may be wondering about how “normal” your feelings of grief are. It’s important to…
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10 Helpful Grieving & Self-Care Tips

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Whether your loved one’s time in hospice has been days long or weeks long, grief can still take you by surprise. Grief is the natural result of love. When you love…
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How to Offer Emotional Support to a Dying Child (and Their Family)

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A child you care about is dying. You want to offer your love and care, but you’re not sure how to go about it. Whether you are a parent, friend,…
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6 Ways to Support a Dying Friend in Their Final Days

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If you’re reading this, you have a friend who is dying, and you’re probably dealing with a lot of feelings. Facing the death of someone you care about is extremely…
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10 Poems to Enhance a Meaningful Service

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Whether you’re in hospice care yourself or are with a loved one receiving care, it’s important to discuss how best to honor a person’s life and legacy through a personalized…
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10 Grief Myths You May Believe

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As you reflect on the loss of someone you love and their journey through hospice, it may be helpful to understand what to expect from the coming weeks and months.…
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5 Estate Planning Documents You Should Consider

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Receiving a diagnosis or entering hospice care can be a very emotional time. One way to cope is to focus not on what you can’t control, but on what you…