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, February 15, 2013

Friday Five: Links We Liked This Week

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

1. Do you like to give people cards to express your congratulations, sympathies, and other well wishes? It's not uncommon to give and receive cards for all the big moments in life, and even cards just because. But, there are no cards for when an individual you know goes on hospice. Here's a Forbes article about the lack of hospice-relevant cards by Hallmark, and information on how you can help encourage the creation of hospice cards.

2. What are your suggestions for dividing the "workload" among family members? Here's an article about the "Sandwich Generation" that offers some suggestions on how family members can discuss care and financial support,and hopefully avoiding some ugly confrontations.

3. If you've discovered Pinterest, we'd love to recommend checking out the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization's Pinterest boards. We love their inspirational images and the variety of photos they've gathered of people showing their support for hospice.

4. The American Heart Association maintains a great resource section on their website for caregivers. Check out these top 10 tips to refresh yourself. We're especially fond of the tips 6 through 10. The first few are ones you hear pretty frequently, and the second half of the list are ones you should probably hear more often.

5. We discovered a new blog on the Boston Globe website called Mortal Matters. Judging by the first few entries, we're pleased that there's another person arguing for a broader discussion on what end-of-life care means in this country and for encouraging individuals to be open about what kind of care they would want at the end of life.

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