End of Life

Read all about the end of life including what to do when someone dies, griefing, cremation, and even death doulas.

How Long Does the Average Hospice Patient Live?

What Hospice Means Hospice is a medical program that supports people who are in the end-of-life stage. When a person enrolls in hospice, it means they are no longer pursuing treatment to extend their life expectancy. Instead, the focus of hospice care is to provide a comprehensive support system that makes a person’s final days …

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Does Medicare Cover Hospice?

Whether you are a senior or a caregiver, understanding hospice, the costs associated with it and what your insurance covers is extremely important. As seniors reach the final stages of their life, hospice care becomes a not-so-distant possibility. When doctors and other professionals in the senior’s health team determine that the patient has the life …

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Understanding Kennedy ulcers in seniors

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Martin Duggan in 2021 This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The sudden development of a …

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Is mottled skin normal at the end of life?

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Martin Duggan in 2021 This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Mottled skin can be a …

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Prayers for the Dying

Sometimes we close our eyes to pray and suddenly feel that we lack the words necessary for the vastly complex and emotionally taxing scenario with which we are confronted. The experience of losing someone is scary and harrowing for loved ones, and in emotionally heightened states we may find ourselves tongue-tied. But when you find …

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All About Funeral Services: Viewings, Wakes, Visitations, Memorials and More

When a loved one passes away, it can be a difficult moment. At the same time, you may not understand the traditions and protocols surrounding funeral services.  If you’re not sure what to expect for different funeral services, or you want more details about them, we’ll go through the customs surrounding each one. This way, …

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Use of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Martin Duggan in 2021 This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Introduction If you have a …

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