Who will speak for you?

Advance care planning is the process of talking about and writing down your wishes for medical care if you become unable to speak for yourself. Writing down what you want in an advance directive can help make sure your wishes for future medical care are followed. See...

10 Ways to Help the Elderly in Winter

Winter can bring many healthcare challenges for older people, especially those with mobility issues or those who are homebound. “There are emotional risks, such as isolation from friends and community, and also physical risks, such as falls. Risks can be minimized if...

Why Choose Hospice?

Why choose hospice? Hospice care offers end-of-life comfort and support; it works best if you think about it ahead of time. Here is a great introduction from Harvard Health on the basics of hospice and a physician’s perspective on starting the conversation about...

7 Things You Should Never Say to Patients or Caregivers

Have you been in this situation before? Where you struggle with the rights words? It’s hard to watch someone you love go through hardship. No one wants to say anything that will make their pain worse, and so we often default to cliché language that isn’t...

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How Social Media Is Helping Me Cope with Grief

“Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people.” ~Thomas Horn Deepshikha Sairum shares how she used social media to help her grieve after her mom died. On Instagram and Facebook, she talked about her struggles. In Facebook...

The Journey Through Grief

Facing our grief over the loss of a loved one can seem like a frightening journey into a foreign land of dark corners and scary terrain. There are no timetables for how long grieving persists. But as a road map for the journey, it may help to notice three different...