"People in hospice are not finished. They may be on their final lap of life's race, but everyone matters until the last moment." Photographers John and Melanie Seward, courtesy of Good Shepherd Hospice.
"I love life. I don't have time for grumpy people," Bea, age 94
The Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care: An Expert Interview With Gabriela Kaplan, RN, MSN, AOCN, Medscape Medical News, June 7, 2010
Integris Hospice of Oklahoma County
GRIEF SUPPORT PROGRAM
* Not eating or sleeping well? * Unable to concentrate? * Feel angry?
* Forgetful? * Numb to people and events around you? * Feel abandoned?
* Feelings of guilt or regret? * Tears at unexpected times?
Grief is the normal and natural response to a loss. It will continue to affect our lives and the lives of those around us adversely when we are forced to accept the many myths about grief such as "it just takes time", "you can replace the loss", "you need to be strong for others", or "you just need to stay busy".
This GRIEF SUPPORT PROGRAM will provide a step by step approach for those who wish to resolve their loss issues and soften the pain of their loss. Meeting once a week for 6 WEEKS, these groups will be led by Bob Willis, Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator, and Bereavement Coordinator for INTEGRIS Hospice of Oklahoma County. In addition, Betsy Maguire, MSW, MS, LCSW, with INTEGRIS Hospice of Oklahoma County, will facilitate similar grief support groups in South Oklahoma City at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
Normal responses to grief and loss; Honoring the life that was lived; Embracing your memories; How to value all relationships; Dealing with unfinished business; Softening the pain of loss.
These groups are provided by INTEGRIS Hospice of Oklahoma County, they are open to the community, confidential, and offered at no cost to participants. To register for a group, or for more information, please call Bob or Betsy at 848-8884.
"Many people think hospice care is just about dying. Hospice care is more than that.
"Hospice brings comfort and support to people facing a life-limiting illness. It also reaches out to provide support for the family and friends who love and care for them.
Hospice care honors life's final journey, leaving a legacy of compassion and caring.
Hospice brings comfort, dignity and peace to help people live every moment of life to the fullest, leaving loved ones with memories they can treasure.
Last year, 1.4 million dying Americans were served by the nation's hospice providers, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Yet there are many facts about hospice that people are not aware of and may keep people from getting this compassionate care when they need it most.
Visalia Times Delta, November 28, 2009,
How to choose a hospice outlined in news article, http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-hospice25-2010jan25,0,6111030.story
Indeed, the" final lap" is always the most exciting!
Palliative Care is a choice available to Oklahomans that may include hospice care . . . more
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