Welcome to House of Light, a blog produced and managed by the staff of Casa de la Luz Hospice. Casa de la Luz ("house of light" in Spanish) is a locally owned and operated hospice, serving the city and surrounding communities of Tucson, Arizona. Through this blog, we hope to offer education, information, and support about caregiving and hospice care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit the contact us page.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Five

The Friday Five is our weekly roundup of links to resources and smart articles across the Web.

1. Life Before Death is the name of the YouTube channel where you can watch short documentary videos about the global crisis of untreated pain, and about how palliative care services can change these people's lives. It's a wonderfully global look at a universal health issue.

2. A new study from The New York Times suggests what you might have already guessed: men grieve differently than women. "While women who lose their husbands often speak of feeling abandoned or deserted, widowers tend to experience the loss 'as one of dismemberment, as if they had lost something that kept them organized and whole,' Michael Caserta, chairman of the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Utah, said by e-mail." If you're in Tucson and are looking for grief support groups, please contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at 520-544-9890.

3. We Honor Veterans is a program near and dear to our hearts. Thanks to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs for partnering together and looking for better ways to serve veteran patients around the country.

4. Articles such as Aging Well: Facing the Fact of Mortality help expand and further the national conversation about planning for death. If we are willing to plan and discuss death, we can be ready when the time comes, and we can allow ourselves and our loved ones a more peaceful death.

5. It happens to all of us. You're at a doctor's visit, and at the end of the evaluation, the doctor asks if you have any questions and your mind goes blank. You feel like you must have questions, but you don't know what any of them are. Living with Serious Illness presents a guide for Talking with Your Doctor, designed to help you prepare for your appointment and offers suggested questions for you, as well as provides additional explanation about getting a second opinion and information for health care planning.

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