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Famous Eulogies: Rev. Matthew Simpson on Abraham Lincoln
Rev. Matthew Simpson's eulogy of Abraham Lincoln provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to the slain president.

Famous Eulogies: John Cleese on Graham Chapman
John Cleese's eulogy of Graham Chapman provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to his Monty Python cohort.

Famous Eulogies: Martin Luther King Jr. Eulogizes Himself
One of the final sermons by slain civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. provided an eerily prophetic self-eulogy after his assassination on April 4, 1968.

Why Do Mourners Place Stones on Jewish Graves?
Possible origins of the ancient Judaic practice of leaving a

Death-related Apps for iPhone and iPad
Here are recommended death-related apps for your Apple iPhone or iPad mobile device, from Ancestry.com to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

How to Cope with an Anniversary Grief Response
Suggestions to help you cope with an anniversary grief response regardless of how many years have passed since your loved one died.

Eric Idle's Eulogy of George Harrison
The eulogy delivered by Monty Python's Eric Idle for his friend and former Beatle George Harrison in June 2002.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Lamb, Sheep, or Agnus Dei
The meaning or symbolism behind a lamb or agnus dei in cemeteries, church graveyards, and memorial parks.

Why Are Graves Dug 6 Feet Deep?
Are cemetery graves really 6 feet deep? What are the possible origins of this widespread belief?

How Companies Can Help Grieving Employees Cope
Companies can help grieving workers cope with death by improving funeral-leave policies, training managers on bereavement and being sensitive.

What is a Death Doula?
An explanation of the services a death doula can provide and how this differs from a funeral director.

How to Plan a Funeral or Memorial Service
The steps you should follow to plan a funeral or memorial service, whether for yourself or for a loved one.

What is Promession and How Does it Work?
An explanation of the promession process, an ecological form of burial developed by Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak.

President Obama's eulogy of Walter Cronkite
President Barack Obama's eulogy for broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite on September 9, 2009.

St. Stephen the Martyr, Patron Saint of Casket Makers
A brief profile of St. Stephen the Martyr, the patron saint of casket and coffin makers.

A profile of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of pets and animals
A brief profile of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholic patron saint of pets and animals.

President Bush's eulogy for the space shuttle Columbia astronauts
President George W. Bush's eulogy for the seven astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in February 2003.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Broken Column
Learn about the meaning behind common tombstone symbols found in cemeteries, church graveyards, and memorial parks, including a broken column.

Why is a Riderless/Caparisoned Horse Used at a State Funeral?
The origin of caparisoned horses at state funerals and what this tradition means.

7 Premature Obituaries and Death Rumors
Premature obituaries and death rumors are common, as Steve Jobs, Abe Vigoda, Mark Twain and many others have discovered.

Headstone Symbols: Weeping Willow Tree
What does it mean when a headstone features the symbol of a weeping willow tree on it? Find out the origins and meaning here.

Famous Eulogies: Margaret Thatcher on Ronald Reagan
Margaret Thatcher's eulogy of President Ronald Reagan provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to her friend and greatest political ally.

Christmas Death Myths, Omens and Superstitions
Christmas-related myths, omens and superstitions involving death connected to the December 25th holiday.

What is a Mortsafe?
Discover the meaning and origin of a mortsafe and why they were used in old graveyards.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: IHS or IHC
What do IHS or IHC mean on gravestones? Read about this common headstone symbol found in cemeteries, church graveyards, and memorial parks.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Anchor
The meaning behind an anchor in cemeteries, church graveyards and memorial parks.

What is a Sepulcher?
Discover the meaning and origin of sepulcher and the world's most famous example of one.

Jawaharlal Nehru's eulogy of Mohandas K. Gandhi
Jawaharlal Nehru's eulogy of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30, 1948.

Famous Eulogies: Oprah Winfrey on Rosa Parks
Oprah Winfrey's eulogy of Rosa Parks provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to the civil rights pioneer.

What is a Burial Cairn?
Discover the meaning and origin of burial cairns and the reasons why people build them.

Headstone Symbols: Oak Leaves and Acorns
Find out the meaning and origins behind such common headstone symbols as oak leaves and acorns.

Funeral Etiquette: Funeral Visitation Blunders to Avoid
Unless you want to mar somebody's funeral, observing proper etiquette is not only important but the kind thing to do. Don't make these common blunders.

July 4 and Dead Presidents
The strange connection between several of America's leaders and Independence Day.

What is a Day of the Dead "Calavera"?
Discover the meaning and origin of calaveras and their association with the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos)

What is an Epitaph?
Discover some famous epitaphs from history and what, exactly, constitutes an epitaph.

What is Alkaline Hydrolysis?
The alkaline hydrolysis process and the benefits this form of body disposition offers.

VA Death, Burial and Memorial Benefits for U.S. Veterans
An overview of the burial and memorial benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Funeral Etiquette: 5 Things You Should Never Say
Five common expressions you should never say at a funeral or memorial service to someone grieving the death of a loved one.

What is Cremation?
A thorough explanation of the cremation process to help you determine if it is right for you or someone you love.

What Happens at a Death Cafe?
Talking about our mortality and death with other interested strangers at a death café is proving increasingly popular -- provided the environment's right.

How to Create an Advance Healthcare Directive
The steps you should follow now to ensure your end-of-life wishes are carried out in case of an accident or terminal illness.

Ten Unique Ways to Handle Cremated Remains
10 unique -- and sometimes unusual -- methods of handling cremated remains for anyone seeking something different versus scattering.

How Do the Medications in a Hospice Comfort Kit Help?
Also known as the emergency kit, the hospice comfort kit is a prescribed set of medications kept in a patient's home in the event of an emergency.

How to Cope with Grief on Valentine's Day
Tips to help you cope with the

Hospice, Palliative Care, Cancer Patients and the Flu Vaccine
Your questions are answered about the flu vaccine and if hospice and palliative care patients, family members and caregivers should get them.

What Is a Hospice Volunteer?
Hospice volunteers are unpaid workers who have donated their time and resources to support hospice patients, caregivers, and staff. Here's what they do.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
November is recognized as Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Care agencies host events throughout the month to increase palliative care awareness.

How to Cope With the Death of a Pet
Suggestions and tips to help you cope with the death of a beloved pet in a healthy, meaningful manner.

Working Through Grief - 10 Helpful Tips
It's easy to become overwhelmed as you work through the phases and tasks of grief so it's important to remember to care for yourself. Here are 10 suggestions.

Should I Request an Autopsy?
Reasons you might want to request an autopsy of your deceased loved one.

Current Trends in Chronic Pain Management
An overview of some of the latest methods available for treating chronic pain.

Talking to Children About Death
Suggestions to help your child better understand and cope with the reality of dying and death.

Comforting Quotes About the Death of a Grandparent
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a grandparent.

Inspiring Quotes & Sayings About Brothers
Inspiring messages, quotes and sayings about the grief caused by the loss of a brother, whether yours or someone you know.

10 Ways to Honor Your Deceased Dad on Father's Day
The annual Father's Day holiday can prove challenging for anyone mourning the loss of a dad, even many years after he died. Here are suggestions to help you cope.

Why is the Ace of Spades Called the Death Card?
Learn why the Ace of Spades is a death card. Associated with death for centuries, here's why this card holds such deadly significance.

Tasks to Help You Find Closure Before Dying
Learn about the tasks that a dying person should accomplish to have closure at the end of life.

Famous Eulogies: Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Astronauts
President Reagan's eulogy to the shuttle astronauts provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to the brave souls who died aboard Challenger.

St. Gertrude, Patron Saint of the Recently Dead
Learn about Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the patron saint of the recently dead, with our brief biography.

Recreating President Lincoln's Funeral 150 Years Later
The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition will re-enact President Lincoln's funeral & procession in Springfield, Illinois.

What is Taphophilia? A Taphophile?
The definition and origin of taphophilia/taphophile and an explanation of why you might already be one without even realizing it.

Saint Anthony, Patron Saint of Gravediggers
A brief profile of St. Anthony the Abbot, patron saint of gravediggers.

Famous Last Words: Religious Figures
A select collection of the last words spoken by various famous religious figures throughout history.

How to Create Memorial Window Decals
Here's how to create a custom window decal/sticker for your car in memory of a deceased loved one.

Famous Last Words: Movie Characters
A collection of memorable last words spoken by characters from famous movies just before they bit the cinematic dust.

The Definition of Memento Mori
The definition of memento mori, the origin of the term and when this term was first used in the English language.

10 Ways to Memorialize Your Deceased Pet
10 meaningful ways you can memorialize your deceased pet and keep its memory alive in your heart and mind.

How to Cope with Grief During Thanksgiving
5 tips to help the bereaved cope with the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

St. Joseph of Arimathea, Patron Saint of Undertakers
A brief profile of St. Joseph of Arimathea, the patron saint of undertakers, morticians and funeral directors.

Lee Strasberg's Eulogy of Marilyn Monroe
Lee Strasberg's eulogy of Marilyn Monroe provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to the talented actress and lovely blonde bombshell.

Halloween Death Myths, Omens & Superstitions
Dark traditions underlie many of the holiday symbols we take for granted on October 31st.

How to Ship or Transport Cremated Human Remains
There are various convenient options to help you get ashes from Point A to Point B.

Should Infants and Children Attend Funerals?
The key factors to consider when deciding if your infant or child should attend a funeral, memorial and/or burial service.

Quotations about Grief on the Death of a Wife
Use our collection of inspirational, uplifting quotes and sayings about the grief felt after the death of your wife.

Reasons to Buy a Cemetery Plot in Advance
Purchasing a cemetery gravesite before you actually need it can offer several advantages.

Famous Last Words of Criminals
A select collection of the last words spoken by famous (and infamous) criminals, crooks, cons and gangsters.

What is a Funeral Celebrant?
An explanation of the services a certified funeral celebrant can provide and how he or she differs from a funeral director.

10 Ways to Honor a Soldier on Veterans Day
Meaningful ways you can honor our troops, past and present, during the annual November 11 holiday.

Weird, Wild or Wonderful Things Buried with the Dead
Learn about some of the most unusual burial items presently resting with dearly departed celebrities.

4 Funeral-Related Scams to Avoid
Four funeral-related scams and consumer tips to help you avoid falling victim to these schemes.

4 Funeral-related Scams to Avoid - Official Letter | About.com Dying, Funerals & Grief
Four funeral-related scams and consumer tips to help you avoid falling victim to these schemes.

4 Funeral-related Scams to Avoid - Debt Collector | About.com Dying, Funerals & Grief
Four funeral-related scams and consumer tips to help you avoid falling victim to these schemes.

4 Funeral-related Scams to Avoid - Unseen Visitor | About.com Dying, Funerals & Grief
Four funeral-related scams and consumer tips to help you avoid falling victim to these schemes.

What Are the Beginning Signs of a Pressure Sore?
Caregivers often want to know how they can recognize the beginning signs that a pressure sore is forming. Use these tips to learn to spot the sores.

How to Properly Position Bed Bound Patients
Use this guide to help you position a patient in bed. Learning this skill can make patients more comfortable and reduce the development of bedsores.

Does Choosing Hospice Care Mean Giving Up Hope?
Many people wonder if choosing hospice care means giving up hope. Clear up the misconceptions you have about hospice care with this list of benefits.

Death Vigil Volunteers in Hospice Care
Hospice volunteers ensure that no one dies alone with death vigil programs. Learn about how these volunteers provide the support that patients often need.

What Is Cheyne-Stokes Breathing / Respiration?
Cheyne-Stokes respiration is essentially irregular breathing. Learn about it occurs, whether it causes discomfort, and what might be done about it.

What Is the Definition of Skilled Nursing?
What is the definition of skilled nursing? Learn more about this branch of nursing and the patients served by it with this review.

What Is Five Wishes?
Five Wishes is a document that, like other advanced directives, allows you to make your wishes for your healthcare and treatment known ahead of time.

Preventing and Treating Constipation
Constipation is a common symptom for patients near the end of life. Preventing and treating constipation is vital to ensure comfort.

10 Ways to Show Your Appreciation on National Nurses Day
Learn a variety of different ways to show your appreciation for your favorite nurse on National Nurse's Day, which takes place on May 6 of each year.

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Talking About Death With a Dying Person
It can feel awkward and uncomfortable to talk to a dying person. Learn how to overcome your fears by talking about death and dying effectively.

Facts to Consider When Deciding Where to Die
Deciding where to die isn far from easy, but your place of death, be at home or in a hospice, can have a big impact on the quality of your last days.

Types and Causes of Dementia
Various types and causes of dementia that may be seen in the palliative care and hospice setting.

Reasons for Seeking Physician-Assisted Suicide
Why would anyone seek physician-assisted suicide? Find out why some chronically ill patients choose this option to end their life.

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Preventing Falls - Home Safety and Preventing Falls
Home safety is critical to preventing falls. Find out how to maximize your homes safety.

Palliative Care for Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death. Find out more about palliative care for heart disease.

Leading Causes of Death: Stroke - Palliative Care
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death making palliative care programs for stroke mortality essential.

How to Solve a Funeral-Related Complaint
The steps you should take and who to contact to file a funeral-related complaint that, hopefully, solves the issue to your satisfaction.

Leading Causes of Infant Death or Mortality
An explanation of the five leading causes of infant death or mortality.

A Book Review of Final Gifts by Callanan and Kelley
Final Gifts, a book about the needs and communication of the dying, claims that you can discover gifts of wisdom, faith, and love that the dying leave us.

What Is a Hospice Home Health Aide?
A home health aide, also commonly referred to as an HHA, is trained to provide personal care to patients in their own home environment. Learn more.

How to Become a Hospice Volunteer
Hospice volunteers are unpaid workers who have donated their time and resources to support hospice patients, caregivers, and staff. Learn how to become one.

Healthy and Unhealthy Fears of Dying
Statistics and a summary of who fears death, different types of death fears, and the difference between a healthy and unhealthy fear of death.

Profile of Right-to-Die Group the Final Exit Network
A profile of the controversial right-to-die organization the Final Exit Network. Learn about its leadership, legal woes and membership requirements.

What To Ask Your Doctor About Palliative Chemotherapy
When deciding if palliative chemotherapy is right for you, it's important to have as much information as possible about how effective it will be.

Assisted Animal Therapy in Hospice Care
Assisted Animal Therapy (AAT), also known as pet therapy, is the use of certified cats and dogs as volunteers for the disabled, elderly, or frail.

Helping Out When a Friend is Grieving
Tips for helping a grieving friend and offering your condolences.

Inspiring Poems About Death, Grief, and Loss
Comforting, inspiring poems/poetry if you're grieving a death or need to write a eulogy or condolence letter.

Explanation of Anticipatory Grief
An explanation of anticipatory grief and the five things that you can say to your loved one during the time before their death.

Palliative Care for Different Types of Stroke
A stroke, or cerebral vascular accident (CVA), is the third leading cause of death making palliative care for stroke essential.

Withhold or Withdraw Life Sustaining Measures?
The decision of when to withdraw life support or if to begin it at all is a sticky one, muddled with confusing terms and strong emotions.

5 Tips for Choosing a Hospice Provider
Most people receive hospice care via an independent agency without inpatient services. Thus, proximity is key when selecting a hospice care provider.

7 Ways to Treat a Patient's Loss of Appetite
Seven suggestions to help you treat a patient's loss of appetite, stimulate their desire to eat and help them consume needed calories and nutrients.

Managing and Treating Delirium & Terminal Restlessness
Delirium and terminal restlessness are distressing symptoms in dying patients. Learn how to help manage delirium and terminal restlessness.

Is Marinol Better Than Smoked Marijuana?
A discussion of the pros and cons of both smoked medical marijuana and Marinol, a synthetic form of THC.

What is the Funeral Rule?
Learn the things every consumer should know about the federal law before purchasing funeral goods or services.

Superstitions About Death and Dying
A list of superstitions surrounding death, dying, funerals and cemeteries.

Superstitions About Death and Dying
A list of superstitions surrounding death, dying, funerals and cemeteries.

Gift Ideas for People Who've Just Lost a Loved One
Buying gifts for friends or loved ones who are grieving a loss can be a challenge. Here are gift ideas for you to consider any time of the year.

What is a Green or Nature Burial?
Learn about

How to Take Care of Your Digital Legacy and Assets
The steps you should take now to help your survivors access your social media, banking, insurance and other online assets later.

Inspiring Quotes About the Death of a Friend
Use our list of inspiring quotes and sayings about the grief caused by the death of a friend.

Inspiring Quotes and Sayings About the Death of a Child
Use our list of uplifting quotes and sayings about the grief caused by the death of a child.

What to Say After the Death of a Father
Use our list of inspiring quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a father.

What Is a Hospice Case Manager Nurse?
Learn about hospice case manager nurses, registered nurses (RNs) who have received special training in order to oversee the care of hospice patients.

Overview of Palliative Care
Learn all about palliative care, including goals, the palliative care team and settings of care.

Should You Crowdfund Funeral Expenses?
Many people turn to crowdfunding to pay for funeral burial, memorial and other death-related expenses. Learn if this could help you.

Reasons to Oppose or Support Physician Assisted Suicide
Those who are in opposition to physician-assisted suicide commonly argue four main points. Learn what they are here.

Traveling with Medical Oxygen by Car, Bus or Airplane
Use these tips to learn to travel safely with medical oxygen by car, bus, airplane or cruise line. With planning, traveling with oxygen can be easy.

Things You Didn't Know About Abraham Lincoln's Funeral
Learn interesting facts about President Abraham Lincoln's funeral and burial you probably don't know.

St. Paula of Rome, Patron Saint of Widows
Learn about St. Paula of Rome, the patron saint of widows, with our brief biography.

What are Widow's Weeds?
Learn about

Famous Last Words: Artists
Read our collection of memorable last words spoken by famous painters and sculptors.

What is a Funeral?
Learn about the definition and purpose of a

Grief, Loss and Mourning Quotes
Use our list of insightful, profoundly moving quotes and sayings about the grief and mourning felt after the death of a loved one.

Quotes from Downton Abbey on Death and Grief
Use our list of inspirational quotes on death, dying and grief expressed by characters on the PBS series

What Happened to JFK's First Casket?
A detailed timeline concerning the original casket used to fly President Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington DC, on November 22, 1963.

Ways to Honor a Deceased Veteran on Memorial Day
Use our list of meaningful ways you can keep a deceased military veteran's memory alive during the holiday.

Inspiring Quotes and Sayings on the Death of a Soldier
Here's our list of inspiring messages, quotes and sayings about the grief caused by the death of a soldier or member of the Armed Forces.

Ways to Honor Your Deceased Mom on Mother's Day
Use our list of meaningful ways you can keep your mother's memory alive during the holiday.

Inspiring Quotes and Sayings at the Death of an Infant
Use our list of uplifting quotes and sayings about the grief felt after the death of an infant.

Inspiring Pet Loss Quotes
Use our list of inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a pet.

How to Write a Eulogy: 5 Tips for Success
Five tips to help you write and deliver a touching, meaningful eulogy in nearly any funeral or memorial setting.

Inspiring Quotes and Saying About the Death of a Sister
Inspiring messages, quotes and sayings about the grief caused by the loss of a sister, whether yours or someone you know.

Words of Inspiration: Laughing at Death
A humorous collection of quotes that provide a lighthearted look at death and dying.

Inspirational Death Quotes about the Loss of a Husband
Words can never fully express how much someone means to us, but language can still provide comfort, and hope following the death of a loved one.

Why Choose Cremation?
Three significant aspects of cremation explained to help you decide if it is right for yourself or someone you love.

What Happens to My Body Right After I Die?
A timeline of the physical processes that occurs in the human body soon after death, from primary flaccidity, rigor mortis, to secondary flaccidity.

What are the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana?
A list of the pros and cons in the debate over medical marijuana, and a call for greater, higher-quality, research on its efficacy in pain management.

10 Ways to Honor a Deceased Coworker
10 meaningful ways that you can honor a deceased coworker, colleague or business associate and keep his or her memory alive.

Palliative & Hospice Care for Dementia
An overview of dementia's causes and symptoms, and how to decide if palliative care and/or hospice is appropriate for a dementia patient.

How Does Renal or Kidney Dialysis Work?
Learn more about what renal or kidney dialysis is and how the process works with this expanded definition.

Need Determines the Patient's Level of Hospice Care
Medicare creates four distinct levels of hospice care based on the patients needs: routine care, continuous care, inpatient care, and respite care.

Richard Allen's eulogy of George Washington
Read the full text of Rev. Richard Allen's eulogy of President George Washington on December 29, 1799.

Famous Eulogies: Edward Kennedy on Robert Kennedy
Edward M. Kennedy's eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy provides a profoundly meaningful, lasting tribute to his slain brother.

101 Euphemisms for Dead, Death or Dying
The reality of death and dying makes us uncomfortable, so we often resort to terms like these to avoid it.

Alternatives to Smoking Medical Marijuana
The alternatives to smoking marijuana that might prove healthier or more viable for patients who've received a prescription for medical marijuana.

Morphine's Forms, Side Effects and Administration
How and why to use liquid morphine in end-of-life situations, as well as morphine in other forms, and the drug's possible side effects.

What is Hospice and What Services Does it Provide?
What is hospice, the services it generally provides and how to determine if seeking hospice care is appropriate for you or a loved one.

What Does a Hospice Nurse Do?
Hospice care is almost always end-of-life care. Learn about the compassion, caring, and expertise of the four types of hospice nurses.

What is Pain?
The definition of pain, whether it can be objectively measured, and the different types and categories of pain.

Managing Nausea and Vomiting for Palliative Care Patients
Nausea and vomiting are common and distressing for many palliative care and hospice patients. Find out how you can help manage these symptoms.

Karen Ann Quinlan - Right-To-Die Activist
A profile of Karen Ann Quinlan, a pioneer case in the right-to-die movement.

How to Talk to a Dying Loved One Without Being Awkward
It can be incredibly difficult for many people to talk to their dying loved one. Common misbeliefs about talking to the dying.

Five Tips for Giving Medications Safely
Medication safety is important when your caring for a loved one. Find tips on giving medications safely.

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Heart Disease Criteria for Hospice Care
A patient with heart disease would need to meet specific criteria to support a terminal prognosis and qualify for hospice care.

Making the Decision to Stop Dialysis
Stopping dialysis will eventually lead to death in patients with advanced renal failure but may improve the quality of life of a patient who is seriously ill.

What to do After a Loved One Dies: The Following Weeks
An after-death checklist of the tasks survivors should handle in the days and weeks following the death of a loved one.

How To Change a Bedridden Patient's Adult Diapers
Here are some simple steps to help home caregivers easily and properly change a bedridden loved one's adult diapers.

Tips to Prevent Pressure Ulcers or Bed Sores
Tips to help you prevent the development of pressure sores on your loved one. Read about how to relieve pressure, special devices, and reducing friction.

What Does the Hospice Social Worker Do?
What does a hospice social worker do? Learn about the hospice social worker from the guide to Palliative Care.

How to Cope With the Physical Effects of Grief
Grief isn't only emotional but can also cause physical symptoms in your body; learn how to cope during a time when eating and sleeping are challenges.

Tips on Recognizing and Assessing Pain
Recognizing and assessing pain is essential to the proper treatment of it. Find out how you can assess pain properly.

4 Life Decisions to Delay While Grieving
If you're grieving the death of a loved one, avoid making these four major life decisions while mourning. Now isn't the time for a new career or home.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Laurel Wreath
Read about the meaning behind the common headstone symbol of the laurel wreath found in cemeteries, church graveyards, and memorial parks.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Death's Head
What does the symbol of the death's head mean? Read about the meaning behind this common headstone symbol found in cemeteries.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Christian Cross With Crown
Read about the meaning behind common tombstone symbols found in cemeteries, including the meaning of a Christian cross with a crown.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Three Chain Links
Learn about the meaning behind common tombstone symbols found in cemeteries, church graveyards, and memorial parks, including a three chain links meaning.

Marijuana Allergy Symptoms and Treatment
How to recognize and treat a marijuana allergy. Read about the symptoms, and speaking with your physician if these symptoms occur.

What Is Palliative Chemotherapy?
Palliative chemotherapy is the use of chemical substances to slow the progression of cancer and prolong life.

How to Identify and Treat Death Rattle/Wet Respirations
The definition and causes of the death rattle, and how to treat it at the end of life.

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Open Book
The meaning behind an open book, a common headstone symbol found in cemeteries, church graveyards and memorial parks.

Headstone Symbols: Finger Pointing Up
Discover the meaning behind the common headstone symbol featuring the finger pointing up.

Headstone Symbols: Handshake or Clasped Hands
The meaning behind such common headstone symbols as a handshake or clasped hands, often found in cemeteries, church graveyards, and memorial parks.

Headstone Symbols: Compass, Square and "G"
A compass, a carpenter's square and the letter

Pain Management in Palliative Care
Pain is a complex symptom, and so pain management is also a complex and person decision. Learn about the many options in palliative care.

Myths about Grief and Mourning
There are many myths about the grief process that can make it harder for those grieving to find comfort. Learn the truth about these common myths.

Tips for Treating Anxiety in Dying Patients
Anxiety is a common symptom in patients nearing death. Learn more about the symptoms and how to treat this anxiety.

How to Cope With Your Job When You're Grieving a Death
Practical tips to help you cope with grief when you return to work after a funeral, memorial or interment service for a spouse or close relative.

Definition of Thanatophobia, the Fear of Death
Fearing dying and your own death are natural, but what is thanatophobia and what causes this phobia?

How to Care for a Dying Loved One
Practical suggestions for home caregivers about patient safety, bedsores, appetite, thirst, restlessness, pain, fevers and other end-of-life issues.

Famous Last Words Spoken by U.S. Presidents
A select collection of the dying words spoken by America's presidents.

Famous Last Words: Musicians
A select collection of the dying words spoken by famous musicians and composers.

An Overview of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of medications used to treat mild pain. Learn more about several types of NSAIDs.

Survivor's Checklist of Responsibilities After Death
A checklist-style overview of survivor responsibilities to help you prioritize and keep track of what needs to be done after the death of a loved one.

Survivor's Checklist of Responsibilities After Death
A checklist-style overview of survivor responsibilities to help you prioritize and keep track of what needs to be done after the death of a loved one.

Famous Last Words: Ironic Comments
A select collection of the last words spoken by various people that appear ironic in hindsight.

Do I Have to Tell My Loved One That He's Dying?
My loved one is dying but doesn't know. Do I have to tell her that she is dying?

Cemetery Headstone Symbols: Treestones, Tree Stumps or Tree Trunks
The meaning behind treestones, tree stumps or tree trunks in cemeteries, church graveyards and memorial parks.

3 Reasons You Should Build Your Own Coffin or Casket
Today, many people are taking a DIY approach to death and building their own end-of-life vessels. Read about this more personal and environmental​ approach.

Famous Last Words: Writers/Authors
A select collection of the dying words spoken by famous novelists, poets, philosophers, and playwrights. Also includes details about how they died.

Top Ways of Managing Stress and Distress
From eating healthy to getting enough sleep, there are many effective ways to manage stress and distress.

Facts and Figures About How Children Die in America
Get the facts and figures about how children most commonly die in the United States--from accidents to illness--and how many perish in hospice care.

What's Normal Grief and Mourning and What Isn't
The differences between normal and complicated grief, the usual symptoms or characteristics of each, and how to deal with complicated grief.

Benefits and Risks of Artificial Nutrition or Hydration
Artificial nutrition and hydration with feeding tubes and IV's is often not recommended in dying patients.

Famous Last Words: Fictional Characters
A select collection of the dying or last words spoken by literary figures in famous books and plays.

Inspiring Quotes About the Death of a Mother
Inspiring messages, quotes, and sayings about the grief caused by the death of a mother, whether yours or someone you know.​

How to Write a Condolence Letter or Sympathy Note
Seven steps to help you write a condolence letter or note and find the right words to express your sympathy to someone grieving a loved one's death.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Hospice Care
The potential advantages and disadvantages that you or a loved one should consider when choosing to enter a hospice near the end of life.

Signs the Dying Process Has Begun
The dying process usually starts well before death actually occurs. Learn how to recognize the signs of approaching death.

What to Expect When Dying of Kidney Failure
Learn about the physical symptoms when dying from kidney failure or end-stage renal disease, if dialysis is not an option.

Coping With a Dying Loved One's Anger
Anger is a common stage of coping with a terminal illness. Here are tips for dealing with a dying loved ones' anger.

Does Cremation Mean I Can't Have a Funeral?
Does cremating a loved one mean you're rejecting a traditional funeral and can't hold a meaningful service?

Hunger and Thirst at the End of Life
Hunger and thirst are often a concern of dying patients and their loved ones. But it can actually be better to avoid opting for artificial nutrition and hydration.

Around-the-Clock Pain Medication Definition
Around-the-clock (ATC) medication describes a prescription for medication that is administered at regularly scheduled intervals throughout a day.

Terminal Restlessness: A Form of Delirium
Delirium and terminal restlessness are distressing symptoms that may occur in dying patients. Find out what they are and how to spot and manage them.

What to expect if you're dying from lung cancer.
What is dying from lung cancer like and what should my loved ones and I expect?

How to Cope with an Impending Death
Suggestions to help people cope with the impending death of a loved one. When to ask for help and working through feelings of guilt when resentment arises.

Stress and the Dying Process
How does stress affect the dying and their caregivers? What are some signs that it's time to make a change or find help?

How Do I Know If I'm Ready for Hospice Care
My doctor told me I have a terminal illness and that I should consider hospice care, but am I ready for hospice care?

Uses and Side Effects of Demerol Pain Medication
Demerol is a narcotic pain reliever, also called an opioid. Learn about Demerol's uses and side effects and why it is prescribed less today than before.

Manage Dyspnea (Shortness of Breath) in the Dying
What is dyspnea, what causes it and medical and non-medical interventions/treatments that can help terminally ill patients breathe easier.

Profile of Right-to-Die Organization Compassion and Choices
The right-to-die organization Compassion and Choices advocates for legalized physician-assisted suicide as well as palliative care options.

Constipation in the Chronically Ill Patient
Constipation is a common symptom for patients with chronic and terminal illnesses. Find out what it is, what causes it, and how you can either prevent or treat it.

Are Roadside Memorials Illegal?
The pros and cons of spontaneous memorialization along our nation's roadways, and whether you can legally create a roadside memorial or descanso.

What is Direct or Immediate Burial?
What is direct/immediate burial and what does this form of body disposition usually include?

Death Café - The Definition of Death Café
The definition of

10 Practical Tasks to Help You Deal with a Terminal Illness
10 practical tasks to help you deal with a terminal illness regarding the many issues that arise after learning your remaining time is limited.

4 Advance Healthcare Planning Factors
Important factors to consider about your advance healthcare planning needs and desires, and how to document them properly.

How to Recognize Common End of Life Signs
Use these tips to recognize and help manage common end of life signs in dying people, including pain, constipation and decreased appetite.

End of Life Conversation Starter Card Games Decks
Five reasons why using a special end-of-life card game/deck can help you hold an end-of-life or final-wishes conversation with someone you love.

Is Palliative Sedation a Form of Euthanasia?
Does palliative sedation cause death like euthanasia? What separates palliative sedation from euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide?

What are Military Funeral Honors?
A summary of the military funeral honors and ceremonies available to U.S. veterans, and who is eligible to receive them.

Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Support Groups
A list of grief, loss and bereavement support groups that offer support and recovery help, information and other resources to the bereaved.

Four Common Myths About Hospice
The truth behind four common hospice myths that contribute to the stigma surrounding this form of end-of-life care.

The Decision to Stop Eating at the End of Life
End-of-life decisions for hospice patients may include voluntary stopping of eating and drinking. What does this mean for the patient and caregivers?

The Four Phases and the Four Tasks of Grief
Summaries of two grief-related concepts or theories involving the four phases of grief, and the four tasks of mourning to help the grieving.

Where Does R.I.P. Come From?
Where does

What's the Difference Between a Split-Couch and Full-Couch Casket?
The features and key differences between a full-couch and split-couch casket.

What to do Immediately After a Loved One Dies
An after-death checklist of the tasks survivors should handle right away following the death of a loved one.

Words of Inspiration: The Fear of Death
A select collection of quotes about the fear of dying and death we all feel at one time or another.

Choosing Methadone Over Morphine
Overview of methadone's pain-relieving properties and comparisons with morphine and other opiates.

Why Don't Families Pick up Cremated Remains?
Five reasons contributing to the growing problem of unclaimed cremated human remains in the United States and worldwide.

Loss of Appetite and Weight Loss: Anorexia and Cachexia
With many life-threatening illnesses, weight loss and decreased appetite can be common and dangerous developments.

Grief - Holidays - When the Holidays Hurt
Suggestions to help those grieving a death find moments of joy during the holidays.

How to Choose a Funeral Home - Burial Options
Learn how to choose a funeral home. Read on for information about burial and aftercare options, funeral planning and the FTC funeral rule.

What is Marinol - Marinol, Dronabinol, Medical Marijuana
My doctor prescribed me Marinol, or dronabinol, to increase my appetite. I’ve heard it’s the same as medical marijuana. What’s the deal?

Dying From Dementia -- Late-Stage Symptoms
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are cruel diseases that progress over time and eventually will lead to death. What to expect.

What is Embalming?
Discover the meaning and origin of embalming and the reasons why people choose it.

What Is Euthanasia?
Euthanasia is the act of a physician or third party ending a patient's life in response to severe, persistent and untreatable pain and suffering.

Definition of an Ostomy
What is an ostomy? Learn the definition of an ostomy, the benefits of having one, and the tips and tricks that will make living with an ostomy less distressing.

What Is a POLST and When Do I Need One?
A POLST paradigm (sometimes referred to as a MOLST) is a Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Do you need one?

The definition of a rental casket
What is a rental casket and how are they constructed?

What is a Funeral Home "Basic Services Fee"?
What is the

What is a Funeral Caisson and When is it Used?
The definition of a funeral caisson and limber, and why and when these items are used to carry casketed human remains.

What is a Catafalque?
The definition of a funeral catafalque and the origin of the term.

What Happens to Unclaimed Cremated Remains?
The temporary or permanent methods used to care for the forgotten or ignored cremated remains of the deceased.

What to Say When Someone Has Lost a Child
The most helpful, meaningful things you can say to a parent coping with the death of a child.

Wake vs. Visitation: What's the Difference?
Though used interchangeably today, wakes and visitations are not the same thing.

Things to Avoid Saying and Doing Around a Dying Loved One
Learn how to avoid these common mistakes and pitfalls when navigating the difficult journey of the end of life with these five don'ts.

U.S. Presidential Funeral Traditions
The rites, rituals, services and ceremonies typically involved in a state funeral following the death of a U.S. president.

The National Moment of Remembrance Act
The simple, meaningful way you can honor those who died defending our freedoms, courtesy of the annual National Moment of Remembrance in the United States.

Methadone Pain Treatment
Find answers to your questions about the pain medication methadone, including uses, side effects, and precautions.

Breakthrough Pain - Tips on How to Manage and Treat BTP
Learn about what breakthrough pain (BTP) is, the different types of breakthrough pain, and most importantly, how to recognize and treat it properly.

Getting Through Grief and Letting Go
Tips to help you overcome and let go of grief from our Guide to Palliative Care.

Lifestyle Factors that Promote Health and Longevity
There six lifestyle behaviors that seem to have the greatest influence on a person's health, longevity and psychological age. What you choose to eat, drink or otherwise ingest, how much you sleep and how active you choose to be can significantly impact both your health and longevity. Health-promoting lifestyle choices can help reduce the risk of developing chronic disease and the causes of premature death.

The Top 10 Causes of Death in the United States
The latest CDC data on the top 10 causes of death in the United States, as of 2011.

5 Grief Myths About Children and Teens
The truth behind five common grief myths concerning children and teens to help you understand their needs and better comfort and support a grieving child.

Reviewing and Reconciling Your Life Before You Die
A dying person may prepare for death by using a life review or life reconciliation. These are the five stages of life review.

Dying Process: Resources for Preparing and Coping
Everything you need to know to recognize, prepare for, and cope with the dying process.

Is Hospice a Place Where One Goes to Die?
While there are inpatient hospice facilities communities throughout the United States, hospice is much more than a place. Learn what hospice really is.

Is a Funeral Really Life's Third Most Expensive Purchase?
The myths and realities about the cost of funerals vs. other typical life expenses.

The Meaning of Inurnment, Interment and Internment
The definitions of inurnment, interment and internment, as well as the crucial differences in meaning between these commonly confused words.

Symptoms and Causes of Teminal Restlessness
Learn about terminal restless, or terminal agitation, a very distressing symptom of delirium sometimes experienced by patients nearing death.

How to Recognize and Manage Sundowning (Late-Day Confusion)
Tips to recognize and treat sundowning or sundowners syndrome.

How to Survive Christmas Holiday Grief
5 tips to help the bereaved cope with the Christmas holiday season.

How to Scatter Cremated Remains or Ashes
There are many meaningful ways to scatter your loved one's cremated remains or ashes.

Itching Causes and Treatment
Learn why many seriously ill patients suffer from mild​ to severe itching. Find out what causes itching and simple treatment tips you can try at home.

How to Prepare for a Funeral Arrangement Conference
Useful information and suggestions to help you prepare for a funeral arrangement conference.

Unhappy Reminders? Modify or Disable Facebook's "On This Day" Function
To avoid unexpected reminders about a death, you can modify or disable Facebook's

How to Make a Traditional Funeral Memory Board
The steps to follow to make a meaningful, memorable, personalized memory board after the death of a loved one.

5 Ways to Help Children Express Grief After a Death
Here's you can help your child express his or her grief in order to better cope with the death of a loved one.

Commemorative Flag Flying Request, Arlington's Tomb of the Unknown Solider
How to request a commemorative flag flown over the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Arlington National Cemetery.

How to Clean a Cemetery Tombstone
Suggestions to help you perform basic cleaning services to help improve the condition of a cemetery tombstone, headstone, gravemarker or memorial.

How Often Should I Take Pain Medication?
You may wonder if you can make changes to your pain medication, such as when you don't feel pain. Always check first with your health care provider.

Help Children Express Their Grief: Acrostic Name Game
A hands-on activity designed to help your child express his or her grief in order to better cope with the death of a loved one.

Black Jack: The Riderless Horse in JFK's Funeral
The life story of Black Jack, the riderless horse in President John F. Kennedy's funeral procession, and the rare honor he received after death.

When Is a "Do Not Resuscitate" Order the Right Choice?
What is a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, and how can you decide whether a DNR is right for you?

Tips for Planning Your Own Funeral
Funeral planning is never fun but planning your own can ensure you get what you want.

What's the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
The similarities and differences between a funeral and a memorial service.

Difference Between Funeral Flowers and Sympathy Flowers
Often confused, here's the difference between funeral and sympathy flowers, and who should send them and when.

Casket - The Definition of Casket
The definition of the word

What is a Funeral Arrangement Conference?
What is a funeral arrangement conference and what purpose does it serve?

Knowing the 9 Risk Factors for Pressure Ulcers
With this list, familiarize yourself with the risk factors associated with the formation of pressure ulcers, also known as pressure sores or bedsores.

How to Prepare for Death in Your Own Home
Most people, if given the choice, want to die at home. Find tips to help you prepare for a death at home.

Palliative Radiation Therapy as Treatment for Cancer
Palliative radiation therapy can help relieve many distressing symptoms of cancer, particularly pain, and make patients more comfortable. .

Palliative or Terminal Sedation Overview
An overview of palliative sedation to alleviate suffering, also known as terminal sedation.

How For-Profit Hospices Compare to Nonprofit Hospices
Learn what the research says about the differences and similarities among the patient populations of for-profit and non-profit hospice agencies.

What Is Palliative Care?
Treatment aimed at relieving the symptoms associated with serious illnesses and improving a patient's quality of life. It is NOT hospice care.

Famous Animal Burial Sites
The final resting places of 10 well-loved animals.

30 Ways to Remember a Loved One on Thanksgiving Day
30 ideas to help you honor and remember your deceased loved one and find some peace during the Thanksgiving holiday.

31 Ways to Remember a Loved One During Christmas
31 ideas to help you honor and remember your deceased loved one and find some peace during the Christmas holiday season.

Should I Use or Say the Deceased's Name to the Grieving?
People often feel awkward using or saying the deceased's name following a death, so what's best for the grieving?

28 Ways to Remember a Loved One on Valentine's Day
28 ideas to help you honor and remember your deceased loved one and find some peace during the Valentine's Day holiday.

Explanation of Level of Consciousness in Medicine
Level of consciousness (LOC) is a medical term that describes a person's state of awareness, alertness and wakefulness. Learn more about LOC here.

JFK's Connection to "Gilligan's Island"
Discover the

Will I Become Addicted to Opioid Pain Medications?
Concerns about prescription drug addiction and narcotic pain medications may leave you in pain.

Practical Ways to Help a Grieving Person
Useful ways you can help a grieving family member or friend following the death of a loved one.

Is it Legal to Bury My Pet in My Backyard?
The realities you should consider and whether it's legal to bury a dead pet on a property you legally own.

How to Memorialize a Loved One's Facebook Account
Memorializing a Facebook account offers security and peace of mind after a death occurs

How to Write a Eulogy or Remembrance Speech
Tips and suggestions to help you write and deliver a thoughtful, meaningful eulogy or remembrance speech

How to Write an Obituary, Step by Step
A step-by-step guide to help you write a meaningful, comprehensive obituary.

5 Ways to Cope With Grief During the Easter Holiday
Five tips to help you cope with the Easter holiday if you're grieving the death of a loved one.

How Can I Prevent and Treat Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores)?
Tips for preventing and treating pain in pressure ulcers.

Helpful Tips on How to Lift a Bed Bound Person Safely
Use these helpful tips to learn how to safely lift a bed bound individual. Discover how a lift buddy and a drawsheet can ease this process.

How Can I Help My Dying Friend or Loved One?
If your loved one is dying, you might be wondering how you can help. Here is a list of helpful actions you can take to help your dying loved one.

How to Stop the Deceased's Junk Mail
Unsolicited mail following a death can prove annoying and painful. Here's how to stop the deceased's junk mail.

How to Memorialize a Death - Memorial Benches
Establishing a memorial bench in a public place beautifies your community while honoring your deceased loved one.

How to Create a Facebook Legacy Contact
Here's how you can designate a survivor to manage your Facebook account in case something happens to you.

Honoring Our Troops: Presidential Memorial Certificates
Discover how you can memorialize a deceased U.S. military veteran by obtaining a free presidential memorial certificate.

Obituary Outline, Template, Checklist, Sample Format
A general guide you can use as an outline, template, checklist or sample format when writing an obituary.

Your Guide to Medicare's Hospice Benefit
Medicare was the first health care system in the U.S. to cover hospice-related services. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is covered under Medicare Part A.

The Phenomena of Nearing Death Awareness
Many dying patients exhibit a phenomena of

How to Make Difficult Life-Prolonging Healthcare Decisions
Making difficult health care decisions begins by evaluating your goals of care.

Survival Strategies for Coping with Holiday Grief
Several strategies to help you cope with grief and loss during the holidays or at any time of year.

Funeral Etiquette: Funeral Memorial Donations and Gifts
The etiquette when making financial donations or gifts in memory of a deceased loved one for a funeral or memorial service.

Funeral Etiquette: 7 Insensitive Comments to Avoid Using
Seven insensitive comments you should never utter to someone grieving the death of a loved one.

Funeral Etiquette: How to Mention a Memorial or Sympathy Gift
How and when you can politely, tactfully mention your financial donation or sympathy gift to the immediate family following the death of a loved one.

Coping with Mother's Day After Child Loss
Suggestions to help you, or a woman you know, cope with the Mother's Day holiday after the death of a child.

Definition of DABDA: The Five Stages of Coping With Death
Definition of DABDA, the five stages of coping with death.

What Is the Definition of Comfort Care?
What is the definition of comfort care? Improve your understanding of the term and how it benefits patients undergoing the dying process.

What's the Difference Between a Burial Vault and a Graveliner?
The purposes and key differences between a cemetery graveliner and a burial vault.

Famous Last Words: Kings, Queens, Rulers & Royalty
A collection of memorable last words spoken by famous crowned heads throughout history

Famous Last Words: Actors and Actresses
A select collection of the dying words spoken by famous stars of movies, television and stage.

Famous Last Words: Military Leaders
A select collection of memorable last words spoken by famous military leaders throughout history

Death-related New Year's Resolutions
Four important death-related New Year's resolutions you should make (and really keep!) this year

3 Common Funeral Planning Mistakes
Three common funeral-planning mistakes you should avoid, whether you're prearranging a service for yourself or a loved one, or after a death occurs.

Alternative Phrases for "In Lieu of Flowers"
Why the phrase

The 3 Most Helpful Things to Say After a Death
Three meaningful sympathy expressions to help you express your condolences and offer comfort to someone grieving the death of a relative or friend.

End of Life Options
Patients seeking treatment for chronic and irreversible illnesses face many advanced, life-prolonging technologies and options these days.

What is Direct Cremation?
An explanation of the direct cremation process to help you determine if it is right for you or someone you love.

What is a Digital Autopsy?
What is a digital autopsy and what benefits can it provide versus traditional post-mortem exams?

Words of Inspiration: Workplace | About.com Death & Dying
A select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a coworker, boss or supervisor at a workplace.

The Worst Things to Say to a Grieving Pet Owner
Five common expressions you should never say to someone grieving the death of a beloved pet, and better alternatives.

Words of Inspiration: Shakespeare | Death & Dying
A select collection of quotes on grief, loss, mortality and death from William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

What Should I do with Funeral Flowers?
Meaningful ways to repurpose funeral flowers, plants and floral arrangements after a funeral/burial service.

Cremation FAQ: 9 Common Questions
Answers to common questions about the cremation process, ashes and the service options available if you select cremation for yourself or a loved one.

Are Bereavement Fares a Myth or Urban Legend?
Do airlines offer bereavement fares that can help you save money on last-minute flights for a funeral, or is this merely an urban legend or myth?

What is Thanatology - Study of Death - Definition
The definition of thanatology, who studies dying and death, and how to become a thanatologist.

The Symbolic Meanings of Funeral and Sympathy Flowers
A guide to the meaning and symbolism behind common funeral flowers, including their type and color.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

What is a Funeral Memory Board?
The definition of a funeral memory board and its value at funerals and memorial services in helping the grieving process.

Words of Inspiration: Proverbs About Death
A select collection of proverbs and folk sayings about death, grief and mourning from a variety of cultures.

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Pain Assessment
Here are tools and tips you can use when assessing the pain of someone you are caring for.

Palliative Care for Cancer
Palliative care programs were initially started to palliate the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation used to treat it. Here we list the more common cancers that can benefit from palliative care treatment.

Palliative Care for Heart Disease
Heart disease in the number one leading cause of death in the United States. The prevelance of heart disease alone alerts us to the need of comprehensive palliative care programs to treat it's symptoms at the end of life.

Finding Palliative Care
Details and resources to help you find Palliative Care for yourself or your loved one.

Lung Disease - Lung Disease and Palliative Care
Lung disease is on the rise and is increasingly a common diagnosis in the palliative care and hospice setting.

Palliative Care for Neurological Illnesses
Description of Palliative Care as is relates to neurological illnesses and disease.

Non-Narcotic Pain Medications
Non-narcotic pain medications are usually the first drugs of choice in treating mild to moderate pain.

Opioid Pain Medications: Opioid and Narcotics for Pain
Opioid pain medications are the treatment of choice for moderate to severe pain in the palliative care and hospice setting. Find information on the various opioid medications available.

Physician Assisted Suicide
A thorough look at the issues surrounding physician assisted suicide (PAS).

Respiratory Symptoms Near the End of Life
Respiratory symptoms are common among patients at the end of life, no matter what their diagnosis is. The most common of these are dyspea, cough, and hemoptysis.

Funerals and Memorial Services
Information on funerals and memorials, including cultural and religious considerations. Tips on how to plan services and memorialize loved ones.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms Near the End of Life
Gastrointestinal symptoms can be very distressing to patients and their families. The more common symptoms of the gastrointestinal system as one approaches the end of life include nausea and vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Withholding or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Measures
The decision of when to withdraw life support or if to begin it at all is a sticky one, muddled with confusing terms and strong emotions. Here we begin the discussion of how to make that decision.

What is Palliative Care?
The goals of Palliative Care are focused on increasing the comfort and quality of life of someone with a life-threatening illness.

Advanced Care Planning, Directives & Living Wills
There are many legal issues that surround End-of-Life Care. Some can be dealt with prior to death, others after the death. This section focuses on pre-planning or Advanced Care Planning, establishing Advance Care Directives and writing and recording a Living Will.

After a Death: The Practical Matters
A death occurs and the survivors are left asking

Seeking the Good Death or Appropriate Death
More people want to have a good death or an appropriate death. This type of death is generally considered to be one that allows a person to die on his or her own terms relatively pain free with dignity. This section explores some of the many definitions of a good death and provides resources to help people and families plan for a good death.

Anniversary Reaction Following Sudden and Traumatic Deaths
On and around the anniversary of traumatic events, some people may find that they experience an increase in distressing memories of the event. This section provides information about the normal anniversary response that survivors may experience along with helpful ways of coping prior to and on the anniversary.