The 5 Stages of Grief: Anger

As I mentioned in my previous post on denial, there is an accepted pattern in the stages of grieving that the dying and their loved ones will go through as they journey through the dying process. Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross was the first to describe these 5 stages of grief and labeled them as denial,…

Terminal Restlessness

It is not unusual to see an increase in confusion and restlessness in the final weeks leading up to death. Suddenly your loved one is agitated, paranoid and uncooperative. A very different view of how most normally expect a dying person to behave. Not every patient will go through this stage, but for those who…

Practical Tips for Caregiving at Home

Many caregivers are overwhelmed with the idea of caring for someone at home. They see their loved one becoming weaker and more dependent and although their heart is willing, their bodies worry about the day after day physical aspects of providing care. Here are some practical tips on how to make daily life a bit…

When a Person Becomes Unresponsive

Eventually there always comes a time when the terminally ill person becomes unresponsive. I’m reminded of one man who had been awake when I came into his room at the start of my shift. He was sleeping throughout most of each day but would open his eyes upon hearing a voice or by the touch…

The Caregivers Guilt Over Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is a symptom experienced by most terminally ill people. It is an expected symptom that will slowly get worse over the course of their last few weeks of life. It will be treated with varying results. Eating, however, is equated with comfort for the rest of us, not eating then, must mean…