25 Top Hospice, Death Care and Eldercare Blogs

Are you seeking expert advice on how to work with an elderly parent? Do you want to find information about your own aging? Many experts, including lawyers, hospice nurses and nursing home advocates, have taken to the Web to offer their advice and knowledge through the following up-to-date blogs. Their information may be what you need to answer your questions about aging, deathcare and eldercare.

The Best Place for Hospice Training

Do you care about people, especially those individuals who are terminally ill? This type of care requires a special affinity for understanding and some psychological training. While many social workers and psychologists may be called to caring for hospice patients, others may not have the college degree that seems necessary for this job. You may be surprised to learn that many hospice workers are volunteers who may not have a college degree, and the only requirement is registration for local classes or training.

Grieving? Get Online Advice from a Hospice

What better place to find information on grief and grieving than through a hospice site? A hospice is geared to helping people transition from life to death and to helping families ease the pain of loss. The following list is comprised of ten great sites that contain information about how to handle the grieving process for yourself or for others.

What is an American Gold Star Mother?

After many years working in newspaper archives in search of clues to migration patterns for a specific group, I came across an article that contained the name of a woman who was included in my research. This woman’s name was included in a list of Gold Star Mothers, or women who were entitled to make a pilgrimage to their loved ones’ graves overseas at the expense of the U.S. government. More than 17,000 mothers and widows were eligible for this program, which began in 1929. When the project ended in 1933, nearly 7,000 women had taken advantage of the offer to visit the graves in Europe.

The Funeral Wake

Also known as “visitation,” “calling hours” and “waking the dead,” the funeral wake is a way to pay respect to the deceased. In the past, the wake was part social and partly practical, as – before funeral parlors and homes were created – the funeral often took place in the home of the deceased. Embalming often was not practiced, so someone needed to sit with the body to keep the bugs, flies, rats, dogs, cats and other curious and carnivorous animals – such as body snatchers – away from the corpse.

How to Discuss Death with a Child

I was young when my grandmother died, but I remember clearly how I felt. I was sad, but mostly I was scared. I didn’t know what had happened, and – in my family – children were the last ones to know about details. That experience finally led me to counseling, which was a great move. You see, that counseling taught me how to talk about death with my own daughter.

How to Cope with a Co-Worker’s Death

When you apply for a job, you may not realize at first that your co-workers eventually become your extended family. Over time, office parties, get-togethers and even over-the-cubicle interactions bond you to other office employees. While these relationships may differ from our family and friends, they still build bonds of trust and intimacy. This is why a co-worker’s death can be difficult to handle, especially if you were close to that person.

Does Grieving Ever End?

Sometimes a person does not want to let go of grief for fear that a loss of hurt might mean that the loss will be forgotten. Grief, however, never truly ends, especially if that hurt was deep. A person may feel that he or she is through with grieving, and then a song, a scene from a movie or a ‘deja vu’ event will trigger a bittersweet sadness.

On Death and Dying: Stages of Grief

Remember that family members also go through the five stages of grief upon news about a family member’s illness or death. This is why many professionals suggest counseling for entire families that are involved with a dying family member. This counseling is affective even for those who have lost a limb or mobility or for family members who face difficulties dealing with their loved ones’ losses.