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Is Palliative Care the Same as Hospice?

Is Palliative Care the Same as Hospice?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with an illness that affects their quality of life, such as cancer or heart failure. It includes care for an individual’s spiritual, emotional, and physical struggles. Anyone with a severe medical condition...
What to Say When Someone Dies

What to Say When Someone Dies

You may wonder what to say when someone dies. If you are attending a funeral, you want your words to comfort the family. What can you say to help ease their pain? Is there a magic combination of words or phrases that will make a difference for them as they struggle...
Condolences Meaning Explained

Condolences Meaning Explained

When someone dies, the depth of the loved ones’ sorrow is difficult to fathom. “My condolences” is an expression acknowledging the pain others experience in a loss. The word “condolences” meaning shows understanding and sympathy that someone is suffering in...
Battling Terminal Cancer

Battling Terminal Cancer

Rob Morrell: Battling Terminal Cancer for 9+ Years People are so much more than a one-page obituary. Rob Morrell is a retired physician from Raleigh North Carolina who has been fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis for almost 10 years. He’s not so sure how much longer...
What Does a Hospital Chaplain Do?

What Does a Hospital Chaplain Do?

Palliative Care Hospital Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator Heidi Gessner Heidi Gessner is the palliative care hospital chaplain and bereavement coordinator at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill NC. Today she talks about what a hospital chaplain does, her personal story...
Battling Brain Cancer

Battling Brain Cancer

Owen Preston, 4/2/08-4/29/17: Touching Lives While Battling Brain Cancer On today’s episode, Jennifer Preston lost her son Owen to a glioblastoma in April 2017. Jennifer shares so many stories of the special person that Owen was, his strength, and the impact he...