Tag: Good Death

Articles about how to help a terminally ill patient have a good death naturally.

Understanding End Stage Renal Disease and How to Care for Your Loved One

Signs And Symptoms Of End Stage Renal Disease ESRD
If your loved one has been diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure, it's natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to expect during the course of the disease. As an experienced hospice nurse with years of experience, I am here to guide you through this journey with compassion and empathy. In this article, we will cover what End Stage Renal Failure is, the changes you may observe in your loved one, and how to provide the best care from onset until the end of life.
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Significant Signs a Terminally Ill Patient may be Close to Dying

Signs of imminent death
There are typical visible/audible signs that a person may have less than two weeks to live. There are times when we are so close to someone, we may miss the forest for the trees. Please allow me to go over some significant signs that a person with a terminal illness may have two weeks or less to live. If there is sudden onset, within the past 24-hours, any of the following signs and symptoms, please do an evaluation for end-of-life determination as soon as possible (family members seeing these signs should reach out to their hospice provider's 24x7 number):
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Understanding COPD: A Guide for Families

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Copd
As an experienced hospice nurse with years of experience, I understand that coping with a loved one's diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be overwhelming and challenging. In this article, we'll explore what to expect over the course of the disease, the changes you might notice in your loved one, and how to provide the best care and support from the onset until the end.
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Unlocking the Power of Validation Therapy in Compassionate End-of-Life Care

In the realm of hospice care, where empathy and compassion are paramount, a remarkable approach called Validation Therapy has emerged as a beacon of hope and comfort for individuals facing dementia and cognitive disorders in their final journey. As an experienced hospice registered nurse case manager, I've witnessed the transformative impact of Validation Therapy on patients, allowing them to find solace, regain their self-worth, and experience a sense of dignity during their end-of-life phase.
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Is Dying Painful?

I Am Not Afraid Of Death
Other than "when will I die," one of the most frequent questions asked by patients and loved ones is a variation of "will I die in pain?" How much will I suffer along the way? One of the reasons the euthanasia movement gains any traction is the myth that dying is suffering and dying is painful is a powerful myth.
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Preparing for a Good Death: Topics to Cover with Hospice Patients and Their Families

I have worked with countless terminally ill patients and their families. One of the most important aspects of hospice care is ensuring that the patient and their loved ones are prepared for the end of life. In this article, I will cover the topics that hospice nurses should discuss with patients and caregivers to ensure a good death.
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Understanding Terminal Restlessness

Navigating the final days of a loved one's life can be a challenging and emotional journey. One of the signs that can be observed during this time is known as terminal restlessness. As someone deeply rooted in the realm of hospice care, I have witnessed various manifestations of this restlessness. Understanding its types, causes, and management strategies is crucial for providing compassionate end-of-life care. This article aims to shed light on the different types of terminal restlessness, identify reversible causes, and discuss effective management techniques. By equipping caregivers, families, and healthcare professionals with this knowledge, we can ensure that the terminally ill individual experiences comfort and dignity in their final days.
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