How to Deal With Grief After A Loved One Passes

A coffee mug sitting next to the bed of someone figuring out how to deal with grief after a loved one passed away.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

Losing a loved one can feel like drowning. Like being submerged underwater, you experience intense pangs of panic, pain and hopelessness. You manage to break through the surface – gasping for air, disoriented and weak. Whether the loss is sudden or anticipated, seldom are you prepared to deal with the intense flooding of emotions that surge when you lose someone close to you. Everyone copes with grief differently. Some people boldly or loudly express their pain, while others quietly slink through the hours hiding an all-consuming hurt. Knowing how to deal with grief after a loved one passes will help you to find a life raft, get back on your feet, and begin to navigate life again. Here, we’ll try to help you navigate the waters of dealing with grief.

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Your Hospital Checklist for Checking Into Surgery

This hospital room, complete with a hospital bed, TV, and nice view, will be more enjoyable when you follow our hospital checklist.

Contributed by Christine Binney

There’s no doubt about it; heading into surgery is scary. Even if you have a trusted doctor, great statistics for success and a strong network of support, surgery is still extremely nerve-wracking. The good news is that being well prepared to check into the hospital can help alleviate much of your anxiety. Use this handy hospital checklist so you can feel confident and prepared when checking into surgery.

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I am Overwhelmed: How to Spot Someone Who is Crying for Help

A man with his hand to his forehead thinking, "I am overwhelmed."

Contributed by Haley Burress

Caregiving, while rewarding, is extremely taxing on the mind and body. When so much of your energy and time is fixated on another, you might find that you forget to take care of yourself. In fact, you might even forget what it is like to function without doctor appointments, medication reminders, or sleepless nights. Instead of telling trusted friends and family, “I am overwhelmed, help me,” we tend to ignore or fail to recognize the problem until we are fully stressed out and unhealthy. Here are a few signs to look for in yourself, or in your caregiver friends, that can signal a need for a break or some extra help.

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How to Coordinate People Helping Others in Crisis

Lotsa Helping Hands provides a ways for you to coordinate others in crisis.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

Crises come in many forms – from natural disasters to home fires, from medical emergencies to building catastrophes. They often come with little to no warning and bring great personal, physical, financial, and emotional burdens. It’s during these times that we see people helping others. When crises strike, it’s wonderful to see communities come together to help those in need. Communities respond quickly to offer support and help those affected return to life in a new normal. Offering to coordinate a community of people to help others will increase efficiency and ensure that everyone’s needs are met. Becoming a leader during crisis might be the best helping hand you can lend. Here are some strategies for helping others help others!


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Vital Information: What Caregivers Need to Know

It's important to get the vital information to the right people when crisis hits.

Contributed by Haley Burress

If something happens to your loved one that requires medical professionals to rush into your home, are you confident that vital information such as Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders or personal contact information are easily available for a paramedic to grab on the way out of the door? Having medical and emergency information in a central location of the home is extremely important when someone has complex medical issues that might require emergency care. Whether you are preparing this vital information for your elderly parents or for your medically complex child, here is what you need to know.

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Reduce the Fall Risk at Your Parent’s House in a Weekend

While walking down your stairs, think about how to reduce fall risk for those that might need extra assistance.

Contributed by Dawn Allcot

If your parents are older and still living independently, you can’t be there for them around the clock. However, the burden still falls on you, as the adult child, to ensure your parents’ safety when they are alone. A caregiver is still a caregiver even if they don’t have to watch their parents 24/7. Reducing the fall risk in your parents’ home can help ensure they will be able to live independently while restoring your peace of mind as a child and caregiver.

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7 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stress While Caring for Others

This caregiver is finally taking time for herself to read a book on the beach so she can relieve her anxiety and stress.

Contributed by Nora Stasio

 

Caregiving is not easy. When you spend your life engrossed in the well-being of another person, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and anxious. We are here to remind you that your physical health and emotional well-being are just as important as your loved ones. If you don’t allow yourself the chance to recover from the daily grind, you are setting yourself up to crash and burn. If you, caregiver, have an emotional/mental/physical breakdown, how can you possibly care for your loved ones?

 

Here are 7 methods that relieve anxiety and stress work for caregivers, so try them when you need some peace of mind.


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The Hidden Healing Power of Food

As supplements are out of focus in this image, the fruits are highlighted showing there is a hidden healing power of food.

Contributed by Christine Binney

We all know the healing power of food when it comes to supporting our emotional well-being. Classic comfort foods like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese often provide a nostalgic feeling that takes you back to the simplicity of your youth, while chocolates and ice cream might be just the fix to help you get over a breakup. But did you know that the hidden healing power of food is even more important to your well-being? By eating a diet rich in a variety of healthy foods that are packed with antioxidants and nutrients, you can improve cardiovascular health, reduce your risk of cancer, and prevent degenerative disease. In terms of living a long and healthy life, what is in your kitchen is just as important as what is in your medicine cabinet.
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Outdoor Activities for Elderly Parents

Outdoor activities for elderly parents, like this older gardening, break up the monotony of daily routines and give everyone a chance to enjoy the changing seasons together.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

It’s that time of year. The sun has warmed up and the lure of being outside grows stronger every day. It’s also a great time to get the whole family – from kids, to grandkids to grandparents and more – together to enjoy outdoor activities. The outdoors offer activities for elderly parents, but it’s important to know that certain activities can be waring and sometimes dangerous for the older participants. Elderly people can be easily exhausted. If you’re looking for a ways to get the whole family together, here are some tips and ideas for getting everyone outdoors in a safe way for all parties involved.

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Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Guide

With a handful of medications that may not be up-to-date, it's time to take the Medicine Cabinet Clean-out Challenge.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

Now that National Public Health Week is in full swing (April 6-12), we are calling attention to a hidden safety hazard likely found within the home of caregivers and patients—namely, what’s inside the medicine cabinet. It is easy to overlook safety concerns inside a medicine cabinet considering the contents typically aim to heal and cure. That’s why it’s important to fully understand the medications your loved ones take, how to store them securely, and how to dispose of them properly.

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