September 2014


Case Study: Peds Team Support Improves Quality of Life for Patient and Family


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Husam is an 18-year- old who is developmentally at a three-month- old level with Cerebral Palsy, seizures, and respiratory failure. Hospice of the Western Reserve's pediatric palliative care team met Husam and his mother in June after being contacted by the hospital where he had been receiving treatment.  The family emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq under refugee status in their quest to find medical support for Husam.  An older brother with similar disorders had died in Iraq.
 
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September 29 2014


A Child's View: Pets Help


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There may be times after the death of your special person that you feel alone. Perhaps your loved one was someone you would talk to when you were sad or upset. It is important to express your thoughts and feelings during your grief and it is helpful to talk about your memories of your special person. It can be scary at first, but family members and friends are great people to talk to. Animals will also listen to you.
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September 21 2014


Mindfulness Can Ease Grief


​Mindfulness is a buzzword these days but what is it and how does it relate to grief? Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. For many people, grief can be both physically and mentally exhausting, and practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve both mental and physical health.
 
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September 21 2014


Ask Dr. Bob: Everything Has Changed, Now What?


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The number of changes that occur after a death can be overwhelming. William Worden in his book, Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, identifies four tasks that he feels a person needs to go through on their grief journey. What you are experiencing is task number three, "adjust to an environment which the deceased is missing." This can be the most difficult task in one's grief journey. You not only lose the individual, but, all of the roles and responsibilities that were undertaken by the deceased. For many, this can create a major learning curve as you attempt to take on those new roles, especially when our mind can barely function anyway.
 
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September 21 2014


Care and Neurogenerative Diseases


Let's take a closer look at the benefits of palliative and hospice care for patients with advanced neurodegenerative diseases. While diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Huntington's disease have diverse pathologies and trajectories, all are associated with a complex range of symptoms that lead to progressive physical decline and the potential for high levels of prolonged suffering.
 
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September 09 2014

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