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Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Five: Things We Read This Week

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

1. After reading "In the end, making hard decisions about dying brings personal, financial benefits" and watching the included video, I thought what a great example this couple is, and what a great example Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis. is for the rest of our country. It's a place where most people have discussed their end of life wishes and filled out an advance directive. Planning for care earlier rather than later, and having open, honest discussions with family members gives everyone greater peace of mind and results in less unwanted medical interventions.

2. Grief is a natural experience after the death of a loved one, and adults need to remember that grief is an emotion that is experienced by children, too. This "Letting children share in grief" article from the New York Times explores how beliefs about helping children understand death are changing. Discussing a family member's dying with a child, and allowing him/her to participate in the grieving rituals, lets them know their feelings are normal.

3. We enjoyed reading "The hospice option" and one doctor's commitment to to discovering whether or not patients were better off continuing medical treatment or choosing hospice care. And, we weren't surprised when we read that Dr. David Cowall found that the median length of survival was longer for those in hospice care.

4. We stumbled across this great pdf download of a checklist for family caregivers from the National Family Caregivers Association. Family caregivers often take over financial responsibilities. This checklist, "Documents you'll need to manage your care recipients finances" can help you sort through the paperwork and duties. Use it to prepare yourself if you think you'll need to one day manage a loved one's finances, or if you already are struggling to manage someone else's finances.

5. Do you have questions about hospice care? Are you trying to decide if hospice is the right thing for you or your loved one? Learn more about hospice services by reading our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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