February 2016


Loneliness and Grief


There is a difference between loneliness and solitude. Solitude is a choice and typically, loneliness is not. If your partner/spouse dies, you are alone and it was not a choice. You may have spent 5, 10, or 20 plus years with someone and when they are gone from sight, you are alone. You are alone when you want to share a comment about something on the news or in an article you are reading. You are alone in the kitchen, alone watching TV and alone in bed.
 
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February 25 2016


Who Will Make Your Medical Decisions?


Advance care planning - which in Ohio includes completion of Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will forms - empowers individuals to have a voice in their care by communicating health care choices at the end of life that reflect their ethical values and wishes. Having a written plan ensures preferences are honored should individuals be unable to speak for themselves.  Just as importantly, it saves families from the agonizing role of guessing what would be wanted during a life-threatening medical emergency.
 
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February 22 2016


47-year-old with Rare Disease to Donate Body for Research


This is the story of Jay Briggs, a 47-year-old resident of Rose Lane Health Center in Massillon. Jay is living with a serious progressive illness called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  In medical parlance, the term, "idiopathic" means the cause is undetermined. Although there is no known cure, treatments help manage the symptoms of the disease. Jay's story is also an account of personal strength and integrity, compassion and living life to the fullest extent possible in the face of an incredibly difficult diagnosis. Hospice supports Jay and makes that possible.


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February 19 2016


Coping with Grief and Loss After a Suicide


Grief following a suicide is intense and prolonged. Suicide is a traumatic loss. It is sudden, unexpected and frequently violent. Reactions may be intense and different from anything else you have ever experienced and that can be frightening. 


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February 18 2016


Talking About Death


Many parents fear saying the wrong thing and scarring their child for life. Those who have toddlers or preschool age children often worry about their child's ability to understand "death" and its finality. The concept of death is limited for toddlers and preschool age children.
 
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February 05 2016

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