Category Archives: End-of-Life

End-of-life care and experiences.

End of…End of Life

There will be a time in life, a time in the dying process where the end is so close and yet so far away.  While a person is unresponsive, non-verbal and the symptoms of dying are obvious there is a … Continue reading

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Encouraging Others

There are a bazillion ways to encourage others!  Small ways, big ways, anonymous ways and obvious ways.  So…just as long as you make encouragement a part of your day…you will make a difference in this world. End of life client’s … Continue reading

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What if they don’t want to…

There are times when clients do not want to sign a Do No Resuscitate (DNR) form.  That is the form which indicates no CPR will be done on their body.  Placing your name on that form and accepting the reality of … Continue reading

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“I’ve Never Been Told That…”

The amount of information client’s get in medical conversations, especially regarding prognosis can be so overwhelming.  It’s crucial to have a second person hearing the words! I have concerns and sadness when hospice patients/families commonly tell me, “I’ve never been told … Continue reading

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Loneliness in Dying

Loneliness in dying can be a natural phase to go through.  No one can really understand the impact a person has as they face their last weeks of life. There is a difference in being lonely and being alone.  I … Continue reading

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Resolving Inevitable

Hearing someone talk about their pending death and the emotions that accompany their end of life issues can be very impressive.  The weight of their guilt and stress must simply be horrific at times. Wanting to turn back the clock … Continue reading

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Breath Sounds

During end of life there are noticeable changes in breathing patterns and sounds.  All of these sounds are expected, but they definitely challenge emotions and memories. One name of a challenging breath sound is the “death rattle.”  I rarely use … Continue reading

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Soldiers

One thing I know…when taking care of men and women who have been a soldier, there is a unique determination for independence. Surviving, making it on their own, taking care of their own needs and being ok with being by … Continue reading

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Ignorance and Fear

One of the most important roles in my work is to address any issue with dying, especially ignorance and fear.  The two can be paralyzing! Education and encouragement is so important for care givers.  There is a large number  of unexperienced and … Continue reading

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What is Necessary

There are health care topics that are necessary and some that no longer need to be priorities when people are in end-of-life care. Priorities:  pain and yes bowel management…when these two symptoms are unmanaged there can be so many complications.  … Continue reading

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