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Saturday November 14, 2015

The following are noteworthy articles on health care and grief support from this week:

 

END-OF-LIFE CARE

Hospice Remains Misunderstood and Underutilized (Sheboygan Press)
“Hospice is a service that can add so much to a person’s life and to a family’s experience, and it is unfortunate that so many discover this too late.”

 

Joey Feek Under Hospice Care: She Is 'at Peace With Where She Is and Where She's Going' (Time)
“Joey Feek of the husband and wife country duo Joey & Rory is now on hospice care. The singer, 40, who first revealed she had been battling cervical cancer in June of last year, had announced she was no longer undergoing treatment to fight the disease just last month.”

 

Hospice Ceremony Honors Air Force Veteran, 98 (Wausau Daily Herald)
“It’s been 69 years since Elwin Harris served in the Air Force, and though he still remembers all that he experienced during his seven years of service, it’s not something he thinks about often. This summer, the 98-year-old Wausau resident’s family reminded him that they haven’t forgotten all that he has done.”

 

Vietnam Vet Tends to Those in Hospice (Post Crescent)
“As a United States Army medic during the Vietnam War in 1968, Mike Weaver of Kaukauna tended to the wounded and the dying. For the last several years, he has served veterans, and the elderly, by walking with them during their final days in hospice care at St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna.”

 

Hospice Is 'All About Living' (Columbus Telegram)
“’People think that our job is all about death, but it’s not,’ said nurse Heather Elton. ‘It’s all about living and it’s about living what time they have to the best of their ability and the way that they want to live their life.’

 

The A.I. Will See You Now (Forbes)
“With machines taking more of the work traditionally done by humans, it’s only inevitable they’ll iron out the inefficiencies of health care.”

 

Hospice Care: Dignity, Comfort, Support (Washington Times)
“‘Hospice’ stems from the Latin word hospitium, meaning ‘hospitality.’ The concept dates back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. The concept dates back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. Today, hospice care refers to specialized care for the terminally ill.”

 

On Learning How to Die (NPR)
“If we assume that the reason to […] extend and ‘improve’ life is that we consider life so incredibly important that everything should be done to extend it, where does that leave us? What are we doing with those extra years? Or months? Or days? Have we, without thinking, allowed ourselves to put so much faith in technology that we ignore the most fundamental truth about being human—that we remain mortal?”

 

Harp Music Is Therapy for Hospice Patient, Family (Post Bulletin)
“"Every Monday afternoon, Hank Scherdin's bedroom in a little house near Goodview becomes a place for music and laughter, for singing on key or off, and for a group of friends gathered as they have for more than 40 years."

 

GRIEF SUPPORT

Grieving Father Writes Workbook to Help Others (LaCross Tribune)
“"Five years after the death of his son, Jason, Gerald Baldner knows one thing for sure: ‘You never really get over something like that, but you get through it.’ The former entrepreneur, social worker, educator and author will share what he’s learned about grief and coming out the other side in a workbook entitled Moving On to be released this week."

 

Husband Writes Songs to Face Grief, Support Hospice (News & Observer)
“After [his wife’s] death, Stewart lay in his empty bed trying to deal with the grief. He brought out his guitar, laid it on his chest like old times and strummed a few chords. He didn’t realize it, but he was writing a song.”

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