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Alice’s Mom and Dad, Part 4: My Dad’s on Hospice

As I mentioned in my last blog, my mother passed away on September 3rd. Just a week later, believe it or not, my Dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. And he’s now on hospice. Everyone in my family is

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The Let’s-Not-Talk-About-Death Checklist

As I mentioned last week, my mother is dying. And I can’t get my Dad – who’s normally an outgoing person – to talk about it. He ranges from knowing she’s dying to not wanting to know. But he never

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What Is “Palliative Care?”

Palliative care is basically the prevention and treatment of pain. It does not aim for a cure, per se; it aims, instead, for relief. And – although anyone suffering from any disease can receive palliative care – it’s most often

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What Hospice Is. And What It Isn’t.

When it comes to dying, we clearly don’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter. However, we often do have a choice about where our loved ones pass away. We have a choice about whether they pass away

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What Is Hospice? And How Can They Help My Mom?

“Hospice,” first of all, has nothing to do with “hospital.” A hospital strives to cure sick people… and, often, to keep them from dying. The mission of hospice, on the other hand, is to help terminally-ill patients die with dignity,

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My Mom and Dad

My Mom is dying. And my Dad’s in rehab. As an Elder Law attorney for 33 years, I’ve helped thousands of South Florida families deal with end-of-life issues. And I’d like to think that I’ve been a compassionate and caring

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All About Hospice

What, exactly, is hospice? It’s a gift to terminal patients and their families. And it makes the last days of life easier for both. Hospice is a team-approach to caring for people in the end stage of terminal illness, allowing

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