“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” - 1 Peter 5:4

Giving is Living–7 Ways Helping Others Helps You

“It is more blessed to give than receive” is one of the most repeated Biblical quotes in our language. This is most likely due to the fact that so many people have recognized it’s powerful truth. Even people who don’t necessarily believe the Bible have experienced the blessing of giving to and serving others. Science … Read moreGiving is Living–7 Ways Helping Others Helps You

5 Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

The Day That Changes Everything. No one is prepared for it, ever. It’s the day that changes everything. It turns your emotions, your outlook, your whole life completely upside down. It’s the day you or a loved one get a terminal diagnosis. Nothing can prepare you for the news that your life will most likely not … Read more5 Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

What Jesus Said About Happiness Part 2

Last month we began a series on happiness with a special approach. We’re looking at the sermon on the mount, and specifically the beatitudes. The beatitudes are several statements Jesus made in which He clearly defines what true happiness looks like. In most translations of the Bible, each beatitude begins with the word “blessed.” That word, … Read moreWhat Jesus Said About Happiness Part 2

Hospice Care: Sooner is Better

Sooner is better “I only wish I had contacted hospice care for my loved one sooner.” -Hospice patient family member This is a common feeling expressed by family members. Over our years of caring for patients with terminal and life-limiting illnesses, we’ve heard it many times. And it’s not just a feeling. The truth is … Read moreHospice Care: Sooner is Better

3 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers are heroes If you’re a caregiver for a hospice patient, Alzheimer’s patient, or anyone with long-term needs, you are a true hero. You sacrifice in ways many others do not understand. Yes, it’s rewarding, but it can also be very taxing emotionally as well as physically. It’s important to watch for signs of burnout. … Read more3 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Your Grief is Unique

Griefing is a part of life. One of the primary tenets of hospice care is to value death as a natural part of life. In the same way that we acknowledge the beginning of life, we acknowledge and respect its end. And a part of that acknowledgment is grief. Everyone experiences grief, just as everyone … Read moreYour Grief is Unique

Happiness Part 2: 3 Systems to Sustain Happiness

Starting With Happiness Last month we started a series on happiness. We’ll do this at the beginning of each month for a while. Why? Hospice and Palliative care patients, understandably, often suffer from temporary or clinical depression. Families and friends often do not know how to help. So we’re starting each month spending time looking … Read moreHappiness Part 2: 3 Systems to Sustain Happiness

Happiness Part 1: 5 Activities to Increase Your Happiness

What is happiness? Most of us have an idea. You might say feeling satisfied with your life. I might say feeling loved. Scientists describe it as a general sense of well-being. I think most of us would agree with that.   What doesn’t make us happy? Though it’s relatively easy to say what happiness is, … Read moreHappiness Part 1: 5 Activities to Increase Your Happiness

The Caregiver-Friendly Car

If you’re a caregiver for a family member or loved one, chances are your car is an important part of that role. And if your car is not well-suited, it can make your job a lot more difficult. What makes a caregiver-friendly car? If you’re making a change, ask these questions before choosing your next … Read moreThe Caregiver-Friendly Car

Only 1/3 of Adults Have Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Many of us have imagined what we would do in the event that we could no longer care for ourselves. Maybe you’ve even begun to make preparations for that eventuality. But what if you can no longer speak for yourself? According to a recent study published by Healthaffairs.org, only 37 percent of adults … Read moreOnly 1/3 of Adults Have Advance Care Planning