What Do Caregivers Need Most? By Marilyn Lewis Caregivers need a break and they need support. Here are 9 sources for help community, respite care, information and inspiration. Caregiving is a burnout job, no question about it. If you are a family caregiver, no one needs to tell you about it. Family caregivers need a…

By Marilyn Lewis Environmental and financial worries are just two of the many forces reshaping funeral practices Jay Castaño, who works at a Washington, D.C. public charter school, spoke for a growing number of Americans as he explained his funeral plans to The Washington Post: “I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a…

By Marilyn Lewis Green burials, cremation, funeral pyres and family preparation of a body. Here’s help and information on the new ways of mourning loss and saying goodbye Americans increasingly are choosing alternatives to the modern tradition of a mortuary embalming and cemetery burial. Green burials, cremation, home funerals and even family preparation of a…

By Marilyn Lewis   Palliative relieves suffering for hospice patients and people with severe chronic illness Medicine’s remarkable success at extending life means that more people today are living with serious illnesses. A new sub-specialty, “palliative care,” has emerged to treat the pain, side effects and stress from severe illness and to help patients have…

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