Voices of Care

BankGloucester Remembers Co-worker While Helping Other Hospice Patients

Posted on November 23, 2018 by Anne Williams

Since 2001, BankGloucester has hosted Care Dimensions’ annual Tree of Lights ceremony for Cape Ann communities as a way to help local grieving residents get through the holidays, but this year’s event is also personal for Bank President Patrick Thorpe and several members of his team. ...

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10 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, Ph.D., LICSW

If you have lost a loved one, recently or more distantly, you may approach the holiday season with anxiety and dread. What follows are suggestions for coping with the holidays as you wonder how you will get through them without your loved one. ...

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3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Samantha Alanis

Posting to social media is one of the ways grieving teens may choose to remember their person. These platforms can be a great outlet for connecting, empowering, advocating and remembering if they have proper support and oversight. ...

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Providing Special End-of-Life Care for Veterans

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

Care Dimensions wants to share its commitment to increase veterans’ access to compassionate, high-quality hospice and palliative care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness. Honoring our nation’s veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end. ...

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Hospice Massage Therapist: ‘It’s OK to Say Goodbye’

Posted on November 6, 2018 by Nancy Davan LMT, NCBTMB, ARCB, MMT

It is an emotional, compassionate and sincere opportunity to make a difference for people who need help during a very emotional and delicate time. We touch their hearts as they touch ours. ...

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Love, Kindness Offer Hope, Healing in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

For the families in Pittsburgh, nothing will ever be the same. For anyone in the world who experiences hate crimes and daily disparagement, how can we even describe our worry, respect and love for them? We can pray. We can embrace. We can witness and speak out ...

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Living With Grief: Learning How to Survive After Loss

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Frank Comparato

Fairly soon after this new life became a reality, I realized that survival is all about taking steps in the right direction. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps backwards or sideways, but it’s all about just taking that next step forward. ...

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Nurturing Spirituality in a Challenging World

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Sharon Dunbar-Link, M.Div.

At the root of everything that chaplains do is helping people to explore their own spirituality. Mostly we listen intently, ask questions and try to help people find their own best answer. We counsel patients of all faiths and those who don’t follow a formal religious faith. ...

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10 Questions to Ask When Starting New Medication

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Alifia Waliji-Banglawala, Pharm.D.

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but we must learn how they can best be used in our own bodies. This article lists 10 questions you (and your designated primary caregiver) should ask before starting any new medication. ...

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I'm a Nurse and Voting No on Ballot Question 1

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

I am CEO of Care Dimensions, the largest hospice organization in Massachusetts, and a nurse who worked for nearly 30 years in the emergency room and critical care units of a hospital, and I’m voting No on Ballot Question 1. ...

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