What is an End of Life Vigil

What is an End of Life Vigil

A vigil is defined as a period of time when an individual or a group remains in a place and waits, prays, etc.  An end of life vigil is when an individual or group stays with a person during their last hours.  While many hospitals and hospices often have vigil...
What is a Death Doula

What is a Death Doula

A death doula is non-medical individual who is trained to care for others at the end of life.  He or she provides holistic care in terms of the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual realms.  Death doulas are also known as end-of-life coaches, death...
What is an Autopsy

What is an Autopsy

Simply put, an autopsy (or postmortem examination) is an exam performed on a dead body in order to determine the cause of death, the effects a disease had on the individual, or to identify the deceased.  The word autopsy comes from the word autopsia, a Greek word that...
What Are the Final Stages of Life

What Are the Final Stages of Life

The final stages of life are difficult for both the dying and the loved ones. Preparing for the death of a loved one is unimaginable, yet it is an experience everyone will face at some point. Understanding the dying process and what you can expect may be beneficial....
How to Comfort Someone Who’s Dying

How to Comfort Someone Who’s Dying

Understanding how to provide comfort to someone who’s terminal ill is very difficult. The simple idea of knowing what to say or when to say it causes stress.  Unfortunately, this is a situation that we’ve all experienced or will experience at some point in our lives. ...
End of Life Care Options

End of Life Care Options

It is a fact that at some point most of us will have to deal with deciding on the best end-of-life care options for either a loved one or ourselves.  It is a daunting and emotional task so here is some information on the types of end-of-life care options to help you...
What is the Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care

What is the Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care

If either you or a loved one is dealing with a serious illness, then chances are there has been a great deal of discussion around the topic of pain relief, as this becomes a central concern for both the patient and the family.  The terms hospice and palliative care...
What Kind of Insurance Should I Buy to Prepare for End of Life

What Kind of Insurance Should I Buy to Prepare for End of Life

We all must deal with the fact that at some point in time we will face the inevitable and need to prepare for end of life.  If you are trying to put some plans in place and are looking into insurance, then here are some ideas that will hopefully help you out. Types of...
Will My Insurance Cover Long Term Nursing Care or Hospice Care

Will My Insurance Cover Long Term Nursing Care or Hospice Care

Many individuals assume that Medicare will cover all costs associated with long-term care, such as staying in a nursing home.  Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover most of the costs associated with long-term care, including nursing homes, assisted living, or adult...
What are the Largest Expenses of Death

What are the Largest Expenses of Death

Death is inevitable and, unfortunately, so are the costs associated with it.  In fact, the costs of dying are increasing at even a greater rate than the costs of living. Costs Related to Funeral or Cremation Many people are shocked when they start looking into the...
How to Select the Best Hospice Care Service

How to Select the Best Hospice Care Service

The objective of hospice care is to give people support throughout the final phase of a terminal illness.  The focus is on comfort and pain management, allowing patients to live out the remainder of their life as fully as possible. When a patient is initially referred...