Grieving during the holidays – the 4 R’s

Adapted from National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Bereavement Professionals Chat, Grief Support and the Holidays, Kara Thoma, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Joelle Osterhaus, LCSW, ACHP-SW, October 2021. The holidays are an emotional and often stressful time for most of us, which are often further intensified for the bereaved. As the time approaches, dread, anxiety, and worry…

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Advance care planning: let your voice be heard

By Rachael Huyck, MSW, LISW In the mid-90s, while working with World War II Veterans in their final days, my team and I sought to create documents (formally referred to as “living wills”) that would put in writing the vets’ choices about specific life-sustaining treatment. The process was frustrating for the veterans. How can every…

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