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Myths and Facts about Hospice Care

Based on a survey of San Diego County residents to determine the awareness of hospice care in our community, results showed that the majority of County residents had heard of hospice. However, more than half of the respondents were not able to name any hospice services. Most did not know that hospice services include support … Continue reading Myths and Facts about Hospice Care

Reflecting on Father's Day

Reflecting on Father’s Day

Father’s Day evokes a wide spectrum of memories and emotions for many people, but for someone whose father is deceased, it can be particularly bittersweet. The role and significance of a father or a father figure in one’s life can vary infinitely—as much as individual personalities and extended families vary. However, in some unfathomable way—regardless … Continue reading Reflecting on Father’s Day

In the News: Death from Suicide

This week’s news of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain from suicide, remind us of the reality that behind every face is a story, and often, we have no idea how painful or hopeless that story is to the one living it. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is among … Continue reading In the News: Death from Suicide

Communication Tips During the Holidays

As we move into the Winter season (although sunny here in California), family gatherings are commencing to celebrate holidays and religious observances taking place. But for some, getting together for the holidays with family can be very stressful. Particularly if members haven’t seen each other in awhile, or perhaps situations occurred in the past that … Continue reading Communication Tips During the Holidays

Your Primary Care Physician and the Hospice Care Team: Partners in Caring

One of the important aspects of hospice care is the interdisciplinary team approach to providing services that focus on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients, as well as providing support and education for family members. The hospice interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained … Continue reading Your Primary Care Physician and the Hospice Care Team: Partners in Caring

In the wake of life-limiting illness diagnosis…

Many think about grief as something that happens after a death – but grief often arrives with a variety of losses or impending loss, especially when one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.   At first, there may be shock or fear.  There may even be a curious calmness with the news.  But, once one begins … Continue reading In the wake of life-limiting illness diagnosis…

Grief and the aftermath of the death of Robin Williams

News of Robin Williams’ death on August 11, 2014 has sparked a national focus on themes of depression, suicide, grief and loss. Although many did not know him personally, his career in acting, involvement in social causes and philanthropy touched the lives of millions around the world, as reflected in the outpouring of sadness and … Continue reading Grief and the aftermath of the death of Robin Williams