October 2015

Misguided Ground Rules of Grief

When someone we love dies, we expect– and often receive – wonderful support. However, many grieving people discover misguided "grief ground rules" which society seems to place upon them.

One unwritten ground rule: Life should return to normal shortly after the funeral. Grieving people often receive caring support just after the death, during the funeral and for some days thereafter. However, friends and relatives begin to return to their lives, forgetting that the grieving person's life will never be "normal" again. Mrs. S was very close to her mother who died. At first, her family and friends were quite supportive. They prepared food and brought it to the house. Her husband took over some of the household chores.
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October 31 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

Holiday Grief with Children

​It's coming up to the holiday season when we typically have fun celebrating with family and friends. We eat our favorite foods, stay up late and get all the gifts we've been hoping for. But what happens when the only thing you want, you can't have?
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October 30 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Karen Kincaid, MA, PCC 

Perinatal Care Program Supports Families Following Heartbreaking Diagnoses

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​​Q: What is the overriding philosophy behind the perinatal care program? 
A: When prenatal testing reveals a baby may be born with a life-threatening or chronic condition, the family is faced with overwhelming uncertainty and grief. Our perinatal team walks with these families on their journey through pregnancy, birth, and death, honoring the baby as well as the baby's family.  It is a compassionate and supportive way of caring for the pregnant mother, the baby, and the entire family with dignity and love.
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October 29 2015

Categories: Medical and Clinical Clinical Connections Mary Kay Tyler 

Pediatric Palliative Care is an Important Care Component for Seriously Ill Children

In a perfect world, no parent would have to experience the serious illness or death of a child. But it is not a perfect world and 53,000 children die in the United States each year. For these families, as well as the families of the more than 500,000 children suffering from life-threatening conditions, a pediatric palliative care (PPC) team can help enhance the child's quality of life, help parents make informed decisions about treatment options and help address the family's psychological, spiritual, emotional and practical needs. Working in concert with other involved providers, a PPC team offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary, family-centered, team-based care for patients of all ages, from prenatal to young adult.

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October 29 2015

Therapies Offer Ways for Expression, Communication and Relaxation

Expressive therapy is a powerful tool in helping people with life-threatening illnesses and their families cope with a wide array of experiences, thoughts and emotions. Using therapeutic activities, including art, music, massage, Reiki and yoga, our therapy programs help patients and their families express themselves, communicate feelings, identify fears, relive anxiety and pain, say goodbye, leave legacies and address grief issues.
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October 27 2015

Categories: Medical and Clinical Journey 

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