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Helpful Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Mother

Helpful Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Mother

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Care Dimensions Bereavement Staff

As Mother’s Day approaches, this may be a challenging time of year for people who have had their mothers pass away, either recently or years ago. Here are some suggestions for coping with the loss of a mother. ...

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A Good Death Makes All the Difference

A Good Death Makes All the Difference

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Cynthia Robbins in Hospice

On April 3rd, my mom passed away. She had dementia so I had been traveling the journey of the gradual goodbye for many years. Mom really had not been a mom to me for quite some time. And yet, when the last two weeks of her life came, I was paralyzed by grief. Her kidneys and heart were shutting down and there was no turning back. This was it. ...

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An Art Project with Hospice in Memory of My Father

An Art Project with Hospice in Memory of My Father

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Meg Black in Donors

As an artist, I am inspired by nature. When considering nature, I do not try to copy the natural world as I see it but, rather, as I feel it. Moved by the natural light and organic shapes I observe in the places I visit seeking inspiration, I try to capture in my work the essence and mood of the place as well as to formulate a graphic interpretation of what I see. ...

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Music Therapy with Nonverbal Patients: 'No Words Necessary'

Music Therapy with Nonverbal Patients: 'No Words Necessary'

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Katie Bagley, MT-BC, NMT in Complementary therapy

In my time with Care Dimensions as the music therapist based out of the Wellesley office, I have worked with a variety of patients experiencing varying needs at end of life. Music therapy can offer a mode of communication and connection apart from words. ...

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The Magnitude of Grief

The Magnitude of Grief

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Ellen Frankel, LCSW

As a bereavement counselor at Care Dimensions, a large non-profit hospice in Massachusetts, I provide individual and group support for those grieving the death of a loved one. ...

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10 Steps to Making the Most of Living with a Serious Illness

10 Steps to Making the Most of Living with a Serious Illness

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Lisa Conti in Hospice

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness, life can become pretty scary and confusing. Here are 10 steps to help manage pain and symptoms and decide whether palliative care or hospice care is right for for you. ...

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Life, Death, and Karma

Life, Death, and Karma

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Anne Williams

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi were discussing when life begins. The priest said, "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception, because therein lies the potential for life." The minister said, "I believe life begins when the fetus becomes viable." The rabbi looked at them and said, "I have to disagree with you both. I believe life begins when the kids goes to college and the dog dies." ...

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Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Care Dimensions in Nurse residency

An Inside Look at the Hospice Nurse Residency ProgramBy Erin Dunphy, RNSince I last wrote, I have been spending more time visiting patients with my nurse preceptor, Tracey Schwartz. I am learning so much from all the wonderful patients who have graciously welcomed me into their homes as a new hospice nurse to help care for them. Each visit is more than just a physical check up on the patient. We ...

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The Kaplan House: A Place of Solitude and Peace

The Kaplan House: A Place of Solitude and Peace

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Care Dimensions in Hospice,  Kaplan Family Hospice House

My husband of 31 years, Jay, passed away in August 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after battling pancreatic cancer for two years. The last few weeks prior were spent in the hospital battling an infection in addition to the cancer until he began to lose the fight. I am so grateful that through his healthcare providers, we were offered support from social workers, and we were introduced to Amy Gray, an admissions liaison from Care Dimensions. ...

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An Inside Look at Care Dimensions’ New Hospice Nurse Residency Program

An Inside Look at Care Dimensions’ New Hospice Nurse Residency Program

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Care Dimensions in Hospice,  Nurse residency

Care Dimensions launched a new hospice nurse residency program in August 2015. A one-of-a-kind program, it gives nurses without experience in hospice additional classroom and in the field training to prepare them to succeed as a hospice nurse. I’m excited to be one of the lucky ones in the first class. ...

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