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Palliative Care Resources

Comfort, Support and Care for Patients and Their Families

Patients with serious illness or injury may elect to receive palliative care, which is focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress no matter the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.

Here are resources for patients and their families as they consider palliative care, walk through that experience and grief resources.

CHA and Teachings of The Catholic Church

End-of-life guides from the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Palliative Care is Integral to Catholic Healthcare

With its emphasis on compassionate care and treatment, palliative care is a hallmark of Catholic healthcare and is fully consistent with the Catholic moral tradition.

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Differences Between Hospice and Palliative Care

Palliative and hospice care share many similarities. Both models of care focus on symptom relief, quality of life and family involvement. Care is holistic, collaborative and delivered by a team of specially trained providers.

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Caring for People at the End of Life

Modern medical technology has brought about cures, slowed the process of diseases and alleviated symptoms. This same technology, however, can at times create hard decisions for patients and their families about continuing its use when treatment becomes burdensome to the patient without providing benefit.

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Advanced Directives – Expressing Your Healthcare Wishes

An advance healthcare directive can provide some peace of mind to you and your family by making it more likely that your wishes will be carried out if and when you are unable to express them yourself.

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Caring Even When We Cannot Cure

Palliative care helps patients with serious illness live as well as possible during their illness and provides compassionate care to relieve the range of physical and emotional symptoms that often accompany serious illness or the side effects of treatment.

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Coping with Grief

Grief is the reaction and expression of loss, and everyone grieves differently, depending on life factors. We hope this information can help you understand the grieving process and guide you through this difficult journey.

Helping Children Cope with the Death of a Loved One

We’ve created a resource for families to provide guidance for talking with kids after a loved one dies.

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Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! —Psalm 31:24

Moving Beyond Immediate Grief

When someone dies, their living loved ones are faced with very important and urgent decisions. These decisions can be very difficult. Many can be handled by family and trusted friends. Please allow them to help you and use this practical information as a guide through this difficult time.

Online Grief Resources
An excellent source of information and inspiration related to loss and grief.
A comprehensive site providing information on loss and grief, specific information for widows and widowers and how to help people who are grieving.
American Hospice Foundation offers support for grieving adults and children as well as educational resources.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers information on grief as well as resources for support through the grieving process.
An organization dedicated to families who have lost a child; provides information to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Information, comfort and support for anyone coping with or anticipating the loss of a loved one by including useful articles on various aspects of loss, recommended book lists, inspirational writings and poetry.
Provides bereavement resources and links that can help with a personal loss.

GriefShare is a website created to walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.