Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Canadian Virtual Hospice Newsletter

I volunteer with this group. They provide a lot of information for caregivers.

The holiday season is a time of reflection, contemplation, and compassion. As we reflect on the past year we wish to express our deep gratitude to everyone who has given of themselves to serve the needs of people living with advanced illness, grief and loss. We also want to extend our warmest thoughts to all of the patients and families in our Virtual Hospice community. The holidays can be a difficult time of year for those grieving an illness or loss. We encourage you to treat yourself with compassion and we have highlighted a few resources which we hope will be of use. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your families. Warm wishes now and always. 


FINDING NEW WAYS TO LIVE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
Virtual Hospice spiritual care advisor Glen Horst’s article Grief in Times of Celebration: The Empty Spot provides suggestions for celebrating the holidays when the absence of someone you care about is often most deeply felt.

 

HOLIDAY GRIEF SUPPORT
If you are struggling over the holidays, here are some ideas that may help:

CELEBRATING HANUKKAH AT THE END-OF-LIFE
Hanukkah is the festival of light. The days of Hanukkah are some of the happiest days of the year. Family members and friends in hospice are especially in need of the light during the holidays. Crossroads Hospice has compiled a list of ways to make the most of Hanukkah if you have a family member or friend in hospice care this season.

LOVING NEVER HAS TO STOP: THE HEART OF GRIEF
The holiday season can be a difficult time for people grieving the loss of someone they care about, whether the loss is anticipated, recent or one that is felt years later. In the video, Loving never has to stop: The heart of grief (04:12), Thomas Attig PhD reminds us that reminders can be painful at first but usually you can get around to a good place.


CHILDREN, GRIEF AND THE HOLIDAYS: HOW YOU CAN HELP
This list developed by the National Alliance for Grieving Children, provides simple ideas for helping grieving children during the holidays.

HELP A FAMILY IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
“They gave me the biggest gift, this was the last trip I ever got to spend with my mom, the most important person in the world to me.” Give a Mile is looking to connect 35 people dealing with advanced illness with friends and families over the holidays. Learn more about the families in need and how you can help by visiting Give a Mile today.


 

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