How to Best Serve Military Veterans on Hospice
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer BSN RN CHPN
1d ago
1 in 4 Medicare hospice patients is a U.S. military veteran.  End of life workers need to know how to take care of their special needs and enhance their quality of life.  It’s important for EOL teams to know the signs of PTSD and how to listen when these patients (and their caregivers!) are communicating what they need. Many military veterans experience trauma, guilt, and anger, causing what is identified as “soul injury”.  Having a soul injury or PTSD creates a need for specialized care.  Opus Peace has a great inventory tool for assessing whether someone has experienced a ..read more
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The Amazing Work of an End of Life Doula
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer RN BSN CHPN
2w ago
This trio of End of Life Doulas is educating the public and other doulas about EOL doula work, and how they support people as they die.  Diane Button, Gabby Jimenez, and Angela Shook are sharing their wisdom along with practical guidance for doula work.  With heart, compassion, and respect for the intensity of death, the three EOL doulas discussed the unknowns about doulas.  They openly acknowledge the difficulties doulas face when starting their practice, and the public’s lack of awareness about doula work.  Diane, Gabby, and Angela have collaborated to write The Doula Too ..read more
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Shelley Henry is an Advocate for Quality Hospice Care
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer BSN RN CHPN
3w ago
Hospice nurse Shelley Henry is supporting nurses working in end of life care with advocacy, video tips, and support for their self care.  Shelley uses the two words “divine intervention” to describe how she got ino working with patients at the end of their lives.   After 20 years in the hospice industry, Shelley remains committed to preserving the art of hospice nursing. She’s the president of The Amity Group, a staffing firm exclusively catering to hospice.  Shelley posts videos across her social media platforms featuring practical tips and guidance for hospice nursing. &n ..read more
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A Beautiful Conversation About Death with Sarah Cavanaugh
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer BSN RN CHPN
1M ago
Sarah Cavanaugh believes having conversations about death helps us clear the air and find peace, whether those discussions are in person or in our hearts and minds.  Sarah is the founder of Peaceful Exit,  a company that explores all aspects of grief and loss. She co-designed a curriculum to open the conversation around the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of death and dying.  She also hosts Peaceful Exit, a podcast that explores life, death and grief. In each episode, she talks with an author who has written extensively on the topic to help us normalize death as p ..read more
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Elizabeth Miller Provides Practical Tips for Being a Remote Caregiver
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer BSN RN CHPN
1M ago
As a caregiver her entire adult life, Elizabeth Miller has learned how to find the joy in the caregiving life. As a Certified Caregiving Consultant, she helps other caregivers make the best of their own experience.  Elizabeth joined forces with her siblings to provide support for their parents, and for her developmentally delayed brother.  Each sibling brought his or her own skill set and strength to the care.  Elizabeth played the role of primary caregiver, sandwich caregiver (caring for parents and children simultaneously), and remote caregiver (providing support from a distan ..read more
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What You Need to Know About Advance Care Planning with Gail Rubin
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer BSN RN CHPN
1M ago
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, has been talking about death and dying for years - and she’s still alive.  As an award-winning death speaker, Gail uses humor and film clips to educate the public about advance care planning, funeral pre-planning, and estate planning.  She’s a Certified Thanatologist and a featured speaker at TEDxABQ, where she spoke on “A Good Goodbye”.  Gail is the author of four books on end-of-life, including A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.  She also designed the Newly-Dead Game, a thought-provoking way to help start fu ..read more
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The Ultimate Gift of Precious Time at End of Life
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer RN BSN CHPN
1M ago
Jennifer O’Brien is sharing details of her caregiving journey, telling the story of her husband’s life-limiting illness and how she’s learned to make the most of Precious Time.  After working 35+ years as a practice management consultant to physicians, Jennifer supported her husband Bob up to and through the end of his life.  As a hospice and palliative care physician, Bob knew what to expect from his illness.  He and Jennifer experienced all the ups and downs of serious illness and caregiving for someone who’s dying.  The art journal she kept as a form of self-care during ..read more
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How to Provide LGBTQ Inclusive Care From Kimberly Acquaviva
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer RN BSN CHPN
2M ago
The story of the terminal illness and death of Kimberly Acquaviva’s wife Kathy is powerful, intense, real… and human. As a hospice social worker and LGBTQ+ community advocate, Kim knows what good end of life care looks like. During their experience with Kathy’s end stage cervical cancer, the women discovered that none of the hospice agencies where they lived had LGBTQ - inclusive non-discrimination statements. Both Kathy and Kim were determined not to settle for anything less than the best care. They made the decision not to use hospice.   In this interview, Kimbe ..read more
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How a State Senator Improved Hospice Care in Her Home State
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer BSN RN CHPN
2M ago
Senator Meg Kappel turned her experience as a caregiver for her terminally ill mother into advocacy and now works to promote hospice care in her home state.  Meg believes a true legacy - one that lasts - is a legacy of kindness. Years of working as a special education teacher taught her the importance of seeing people and meeting them where they are. As a caregiver along with her siblings, Meg experienced all the nuances of caregiving for her mom. Her mom chose hospice care when her ovarian cancer grew beyond treatment. Meg advocated for her mother and ensured her wishes we ..read more
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Help Texts Offers Expert Grief Support With Text Messages
The Heart of Hospice Podcast
by Helen Bauer RN BSN CHPN
2M ago
Supporting people who are grieving is fulfilling, joyful work. Just ask Help Texts founder Emma Payne. After having a personal loss, Emma realized how much we could improve how we support grievers. She’d spent years working in the tech space. That knowledge helped launch Help Texts. Their service provides grief support for events like pregnancy loss, pet loss, and death of a loved one.   The needs of grievers came into sharp focus for Emma when she was asked to deliver a eulogy for a close friend, ten years after the loss of her husband by suicide. The funera ..read more
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