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, November 2, 2012

Friday Five: The Things We Read This Week

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

1. We're always honored by the contributions of hospice volunteers to our work, and we're grateful to actress Torrey DeVitto for her time and commitment to being a Hospice Ambassador. NHPCO has been working closely with DeVitto over the last year, and we appreciate her efforts to raise national awareness about the benefits of hospice care. This was a lovely piece from DeVitto that was published on The Huffington Post this week, entitled "No one deserves to die alone."

2. Our hearts go out to those who suffered losses during Hurricane Sandy this week. For those who'd like to offer monetary contributions,you can donate to the National Hospice Foundation. The Foundation has a disaster relief fund that sends emergency funds to hospices when the need arises.

3. Veterans Day is near, and we want to remind you that the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a number of benefits to those who have served. If you served in the military, take a look at the VA's Health Benefits page to see what benefits are offered, and if any are available to you. You can call to apply, or just apply online.

4. November is National Hospice Month, and we hope that you will be able to learn about the comfort, love, and respect individuals should receive at end of life from hospice and palliative care professionals. Read NHPCO's Hospice Month Proclamation to learn more.

5. We liked this post in the NY Times' New Old Age blog about how to take a picture to remember. In the final years of life, families want photos to remember their loved ones. These tips will help ensure you take some truly great photos.

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