By Valerie Hartman, RN, CMT, CR, Complementary Therapy Nurse
A month ago the Caring with Confidence team got together for a brainstorming session over lunch. We reviewed past blog posts, discussed topics of interest to hospice caregivers for the upcoming year. To date, the most popular Caring with Confidence blog post was written on The Use of Biblical Essential Oils in Hospice.
Aromatherapy is gaining ground as a complementary healthcare approach and it is a natural solution to easing mild symptoms, as well as promoting comfort and dignity in hospice caregiving.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of expressed plant oils for human and animal health benefits. Read more
By Maggie Vescovich, SLP
In the United States, we take access to hospice care for granted. In fact, our biggest hurdles are usually convincing family members to use hospice services, not finding an agency to provide the care.
Would it surprise you to learn that there are many areas in the world where hospice programs do not exist?
Global Partners in Care has its roots back in 1999, after U.S. hospice leaders had a powerful experience while touring hospices in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Read more
by Pat McGettigan, M.S.
A recent article in the NY Times which talks about the process of grieving gave me pause to begin to think about the men and women who have come through my office at the Counseling Center seeking help as they navigate their own grief after the loss of a loved one. The article cited research on the grieving process, mentioned Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ five stages of grief and a new way of grieving developed by a young widow.
As I pictured the faces of and recalled the words of many of those who sought help during their grieving process one thing was clear to me. Almost all of them wondered if how they were grieving was “normal”. As a society many of us tend to want a “recipe” for unfamiliar or painful transitions. When we can look up what to expect it can comfort us and remove the anxiety of facing “the unknown”. But what happens when our grief process doesn’t follow “the recipe”? Read more