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Coping With Holiday Grief

December 2018 Edition

Five Stories To Help You Cope With Grief
During the Holidays

From a family facing a Holiday Season with an absent loved one to a movie star grieving for his wife some time after her death, grief touches us all. An empty seat just a few inches away can be a substantial source of pain for many this holiday season. Coping with loss is a long journey. Below are some guides to help face the road ahead. Use it for yourself or share with a friend.

Holidays and Empty Chairs
Here, John Pavlovitz, author of Hope and Other Super Powers reflects on the difficulty of facing the Holidays while grieving, "
The empty chair is different for everyone, though it is equally intrusive."

Living With Grief: A Conversation Between Men
"There's no timeline for grief." In a revealing, in-depth interview with 60 minutes, Actor Liam Neeson opened up about his grief. Men might not always believe they can express and process their own grief but this heart-to-heart sit down challenges perceived norms. First airing in 2014, it still resonates today. Be sure to pass this along to someone you know.

Big Bend Hospice Offers Grief Support During the Holidays
Forum 2018 presenter and Caitlin Burns urges readers to plan ahead and anticipate feelings that may arise this time of year. "Would you prefer quiet time or being surrounded by friends and family? Answering these questions now may ease stress and anxiety." 

Holiday Grief and Family Estrangement
The loss of a loved one might not always be the source of grief for families approaching the Holidays. "Grief for the living through family estrangement is pervasive and painful around the holidays as well.  Unfortunately, it is also often hidden from view.   Those who are estranged from their families for all kinds of reasons, often feel the shame and stigma associated with estrangement, that leaves them to suffer in silence. "

How To Help A Grieving Friend
Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to a close friend grappling with loss. "The thing is, you can’t cheer someone up by telling them to look on the bright side, or by giving them advice.... learn the one thing that will improve all of your “I’m here for you” intentions, and be that supportive friend you most want to be.
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Organ Donation and Hospice
How Hospices Can Help Solve Organ and Tissue Donation Shortages

The short answer regarding hospice’s role in solid organ donation is very few hospice patients are eligible to donate organs. To be eligible as an organ donor, a patient is required to be on a ventilator in a hospital (where the ventilator can supply needed oxygen to organs until death, followed by surgical organ recovery).

Strengthening The Workforce For People With Serious Illness: Top Priorities From A National Summit
The United States will experience significant growth of the population older than age 65 in the coming decades, which will contribute to an increase in the number of people living with chronic and serious illnesses in the community. 

Job satisfaction increases for post-acute care nurses
Pay and benefits for home care, hospice, palliative care and long-term care nurses haven’t always been on par with nurses who work in the acute setting. 

Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Eagerly Await New In-Home Benefits
More than half of all Medicare Advantage (MA) members want their plans to cover assistance at home, according to a new survey. But despite new rules allowing it, the majority of beneficiaries will have to wait until 2020 or later for their plan to have that option.

I’m a Hospice Nurse. Running Makes Me Better at My Job
The people my age, in their 40s, those are some of the hardest cases. They’re seemingly healthy, maybe they go out one day to do some yard work and feel back pain that doesn’t go away. 

High caseloads are compromising care, hospice workers say
John Shannon’s growing caseload was causing the social worker in hospice care to rush from patient to patient. 

Palmetto GBA December 6th Update

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How to Create a Culture of Excellence From the Top Down
Kathy Ahearn, RN | Ahearn Advertisement Partners
When: Tuesday, December 13th, 2018,  3:00p m- 4:30 pm ET
Where: Online
More Info: Register Online

Targeted Probe & Education Update:
Lessons Learned & Best Practices

Melinda A. Gaboury  | Healthcare Provider Solutions
When: Thursday, December 20th, 2018, 3:00 pm 4:30 pm ET
Where: Online
More Info: Register Online

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