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Writing a Condolence Note

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT Focusing only on happy thoughts, it is usually easy for most of us to write an anniversary or birthday greeting. But writing a condolence note is something altogether different because, quite often, we don’t know what … Continue reading

The First Year Anniversary

By Helen Fitzgerald It is almost a year since the death of a loved one. As this first year anniversary approaches, you may feel that an internal clock is counting down the days and hours. You may be thinking: one … Continue reading

Secrets Discovered After a Death

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT When a loved one dies, he or she is usually remembered in glowing terms: what a wonderful mother, what a loving husband, what a generous person! Even though this may not be entirely true, family members … Continue reading

Helping Your Bereaved Friend

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT You have a good friend who has just experienced the death of a loved one. Perhaps you know instinctively what to do, but maybe you do not. Perhaps you have never lost a person you love. … Continue reading

Helping a Grieving Parent

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT Basics It’s never easy to console someone whose spouse has died, but it can be especially challenging when the deceased is your parent. How can you comfort your surviving parent while dealing with your own loss? … Continue reading

You Know You Are Getting Better When…

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT The progress through grief is so slow, and so often of a “one step forward and two steps backwards” motion, that it is difficult to see signs of improvement. The following are clues that will help … Continue reading

Coping with Holidays and Family Celebrations

By Helen Fitzgerald When a loved one has died, holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays inevitably bring fresh memories and a re-experience of the pain of grief. The void appears again. If the death is recent, you might feel numb much of … Continue reading

Anticipating a Parent’s Death

By Helen Fitzgerald, CT When a parent becomes ill and is dying, the adult child can be a forgotten mourner. Friends, colleagues, and even other family members may assume the adult child has broken close ties with his/her parents, married, … Continue reading

FAQ: What services are typically covered by hospice benefits?

Most people receive hospice care through the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Medicaid and the Veteran’s Health Administration follow the Medicare benefit model. The services that the Medicare Hospice Benefit covers are: Doctor services Nursing Care Medical equipment (such as hospital beds, … Continue reading

FAQ: What is it like to receive hospice care at home?

The experience of hospice care provided at home is not familiar to many people. To help explain how hospice helps support families providing care to a terminally ill loved one at home, here is one family’s story of receiving hospice … Continue reading