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A New Study Finds That Patients Are Using Hospice Care Too Late

Researchers discover that patients may get more benefit from earlier care

If you had a terminal illness, how long would you wait before using hospice care? A new study finds that many terminally ill patients wait far too long to make this decision. Researchers from Yale studied the patterns of hospice … Continue reading

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A Hospital Gown Redesign Empowers Patients Through Fashion

Multiple hospitals are rethinking the classic backless blue smock

If you find yourself wearing a hospital gown, being fashionable is probably going to be pretty low on your list of priorities. Yet the clothes we wear, including utilitarian outfits like hospital gowns, do have an impact on our mood and … Continue reading

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What is Anticipatory Grief?

People living with terminal illness face grief and loss long before death occurs

When Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross released her seminal book, “On Death and Dying” in 1969, she based her writings on the experiences of people who were facing certain death. Through a series of interviews and conversations with terminally ill children … Continue reading

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A Virtual Reality Bucket List Helps Dying Patients Travel the World

Virtual reality headsets are giving terminally ill patients once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Diving enthusiast Matthew Hill had always wanted to explore the Great Barrier Reef. But when Hill was diagnosed with bowel cancer, he was forced to put this dream aside. The cancer left Hill’s body in a weakened state. He couldn’t even sit … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Life After the Diagnosis” by Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat

A palliative care physician offers practical advice to people living with a serious illness and their loved ones

Dr. Steven Pantilat’s “Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers” is a wonderful resource for individuals and families struggling to cope with life-limiting illness. Written in easy-to-understand layman’s terms, the book … Continue reading

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Conducting A Life Review Before Dying

Life reviews can be very beneficial for someone who is dying

It’s fair to say that realizing and accepting that we will all die is very difficult for most people. As we go through our day-to-day activities, it’s not something we are constantly thinking of. However, terminally ill people are constantly … Continue reading

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