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  • Grief ·

5 Tips | Grief & The Holidays

The holiday season is here, which means family get-togethers, gift-giving, and happy times. For some this is the case, but for others, this can be a time filled with grief and sadness. Holidays are for spending time with those we love the most, so how can someone be expected to handle this time when a loved one has died?  If you are missing a loved one this holiday season, here are some tips to help you take a step back from the grief and survive the holidays.    Tip One: Be prepared for grief triggers. Let’s be honest, triggers are particularly evident during the holidays.…
  • Grief ·

Dear Mom

I see you, but it isn’t you.  The same eyes, the same smile, the same face. But you’re leaving me, one breath at a time, going to a peaceful place in your mind where there’s no place for me. The arms that used to hold me are quiet at your sides.  The legs that used to take me for long walks are still.  Gone are the memories of my childhood.  You recognize me, but you no longer KNOW me. Week by week you turn further inward, and I can’t reach you there to bring you back.  I can only keep…
  • Volunteering ·

Volunteering with Hospice

Volunteers are an essential part of a hospice team, participating in roles from directly interacting with patients to helping with fundraising efforts. Hospice volunteers often describe their work as purposeful, validating, and meaningful. Hospice volunteers are at the heart of every hospice operation and are valued greatly. How Hospice Volunteers Serve Supporting Patients This is a huge part of what hospice volunteers do. These tasks can include: visiting with patients, reading, taking walks, helping communicate for patients, bringing in therapeutic items, or supervising therapeutic visits. This list is not all-encompassing, and volunteers can do so much more for the patients…
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  • Wellness ·

Breast Cancer Awareness | Be Involved

Did you know? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer, raising funding for research into the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of breast cancer, and providing information and support for those with breast cancer or for those who may be at risk for breast cancer. Here are six ways that you can get involved: Offer support! Consider charities that focus on supporting those with breast cancer. Charities that assist with gas cards, wigs, the payment of treatment, makeup classes, etc. are all excellent ways to support the fight against breast…
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  • Grief ·

It’s Okay to Feel Shocked

The death of a loved one is a hard reality to grasp. Often, it can feel like a bad dream that you just can’t wake up from. Although you may know that your loved one is very sick or in the process of dying, the unavoidability of dying always feels sudden, unforeseen and unbelievable. It’s shocking. It is important to recognize that shock is a natural part of the grieving process and can occur many times before the loss fully settles in. Although it doesn’t feel normal, it’s your body’s way of handling painful experiences. Given time, the shock will…
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  • Wellness ·

Keeping Dignity | Caregiver Tips

Your loved one can no longer do the many tasks they once could. They now depend on you for many of these things. The easiest solution may be to simply take over and make decision, but it’s important to be respectful of your loved ones. As a caregiver, you want to protect your loved one’s dignity and sense of self-worth. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine if your independence had slipped away. You can no longer drive, walk, or get out of bed. These once simple tasks now require help from someone else. How would this make you feel? You…
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  • Services ·

Our Bereavement Services

Grieving for loved ones who are experiencing a life-limiting illness is natural for families and friends. This process can often begin before death occurs. Hospice of the Miami Valley Bereavement Services are available for those who are coping with losing a loved one. Our staff is committed to working closely with families who are working through the grieving process. Our services include: One-on-one support Print materials Supportive phone calls In-home support sessions Our support is available to families for up to 13 months following the loss of a loved one. We also host monthly support group sessions at our Hospice…
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  • Hospice ·

Life-Limiting Illnesses – When to Call Hospice

A life-limiting illness is an incurable chronic disease or condition that no longer respond to curative treatments. Examples of a life-limiting illness include: Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia Stroke ALS Parkinson’s Disease Heart Disease Pulmonary Disease Liver Disease End-stage Renal Disease AIDS Cancer A life limiting illness, coupled with symptoms below, could be indicators of decline and hospice eligibility: Frequent hospitalizations, ER visits, or visits to the physician within the last six months Progressive weight loss (with consideration to weight gain factors such as edema, when applicable) Decreasing appetite Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing Increased weakness or fatigue Decline in cognitive status…
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  • Grief ·

The Grief Survival Kit

Let yourself grieve. It’s important to let yourself take this roller coaster ride and feel your emotions rather than suppress them. No matter how hard you try to bury those feelings of grief, they will continue to resurface, and you won’t be able to truly move on. Start the healing process by giving into grief. Lean on friends and family. Your friends and family expect you to be upset. While they may not always know the right things to do or say, they do want to be there for you even if it’s just to listen or offer affection. Never…
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  • Grief ·

Journaling Through the Grief

Journaling while grieving can help you document and process the feelings of grief you are experiencing. As you begin the healing process and reconnecting with who you once were, you may start thinking about or telling yourself things you would want to record. Putting these thoughts and feelings into words can be very beneficial and help in better working through the grief. This is why it is a great idea to keep a grief journal. There are many, different ways you can start to fill up your journal. From creative writing and poetry to journaling and writing letters to your…
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  • Uncategorized ·

National Nursing Assistant Week- June 12-19

This is National Nursing Assistant week, and we at Hospice of the Miami Valley want to take a moment to thank our Hospice Aides for all the caring they do for our patients. As a Community Educator, my role is to explain the hospice benefit to families and to providers utilizing hospice services. One of the most frequently asked questions from these conversations is how often they can see an aide. The reason this is often the case is because the care of an individual becomes not only emotionally difficult, but, at times, almost physically impossible. Our Hospice Aides are the hands-on care…
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  • News & Events ·

Coffee And Conversation: Support Groups for those grieving a loss

The Hospice of the Miami Valley offers nine bereavement support groups and one dementia support group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Download the brochure above for meeting times and locations. The Benefits of Support Groups Grief is a powerful emotion that affects each of us at some point in our life. As social interaction is a critical part of our healing process, grief support groups help promote a sense of understanding and connection with others who are also experiencing loss. These groups are a warm, informal place to share and support each…