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The Community Bereavement Center

Hospice of the Valley’s Community Bereavement Center exists to offer practical support for those grieving the loss of a loved one. As a hospice benefit, the Center provides ongoing bereavement support. As a community goodwill service, we offer educational resources, short term grief counseling sessions, and ongoing support groups to anyone in need. We offer peer support groups for children, adolescents, and adults. Bereavement support is also available for schools, businesses, churches, and other organizations struggling with unexpected or traumatic loss. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (256) 350-5585. Brad holds a Master in Divinity degree.

Hospice Bereavement Care

Bereavement services are provided to help patients, families and caregivers cope with the grief that occurs during the illness and eventual death of the patient. Bereavement services are provided through Hospice of the Valley’s Bereavement Center and include individual grief counseling, support groups and other services.

Wish List

There is never a charge for bereavement services, therefore we are always appreciative of donated items. Monetary donations for memory making supplies and resources is also a way of supporting The Community Bereavement Center programs.


  • Soft drinks juice boxes (individual cans/pouches only)
  • Pretzels, chips, crackers, etc.

General Supplies:

  • Blank journals
  • Stickers
  • Board games
  • Sculpting clay Play Dough
  • Jewelry art supplies
  • Stamp pads – washable
  • Unused/old phone books
  • Crayola crayons, colored pencils, markers
  • Sand art
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes

The Community Bereavement Center

Terminal Illness – End of Life Fasting, Prayopavesa, Santhara #hospice #of #broward

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Life Beyond Death

The purpose of death
The nature of life after death
How we can prepare for death
How we can assist the dying

Terminal Illness – End of Life Fasting

Most people would consider terminal illness to be the worst misfortune that can happen in life. And yet, from a spiritual perspective, terminal illness offers certain opportunities that are not available in the case of sudden death. During a terminal illness, we have time to settle our personal affairs, prepare ourselves and our loved ones and address any unfinished business. Also, we have an opportunity to apologize to people we’ve hurt and to forgive those who’ve hurt us. These simple acts can resolve deeply held psychic impressions, which otherwise we would have to carry with us into the next world. If we take advantage of these opportunities, we can pave the way for a smooth transition after death. For this reason, ancient sages considered terminal illness to be preferable to sudden death.

During terminal illness, people will sometimes turn to suicide in an effort to avoid the onslaught of physical and emotional pain. But even in this case, suicide is not a good idea, for reasons outlined in the previous chapter (see Suicide ). However, certain ancient traditions offer an alternative in this situation – a voluntary ritual fasting reserved for the terminally ill, called Prayopavesa (Hindu) or Santhara (Jain). Below is a brief explanation of Prayopavesa by Satguru Subramuniyaswami, abbot of the Saivite Hindu monastery on Kauai, Hawaii. Subramuniyaswami himself observed Prayopavesa after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2001. During his fast, he continued many of his daily duties and passed away peacefully on the 32nd day.

Prayopavesa. by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

In cases of terminal disease or great disability, religious self-willed death through fasting – Prayopavesa – is permitted. The person making such a decision declares it publicly, which allows for community regulation and distinguishes the act from suicide, performed privately in traumatic, emotional states of anguish and despair.

Ancient lawgivers cite various stipulations: 1) The inability to perform normal bodily purification. 2) Death appears imminent, or the condition is so bad that life’s pleasures are reduced to nil. 3) The action must be subject to community regulation.

The gradual nature of Prayopavesa is a key factor distinguishing it from sudden suicide, for it allows time for the individual to settle all differences with others, to ponder life and draw close to God, as well as for loved ones to oversee the person’s gradual exit from the physical world. In the ideal practice, one begins by obtaining forgiveness and giving forgiveness. Next, a full discussion of all karmas of this life and confessing one’s wrongdoings. Thereafter, attention is to be focused on scripture and the guru’s noble teachings. Meditation on the innermost, immortal Self becomes the full focus as one gradually abstains from food.

In the event of terminal illness, Prayopavesa offers us the opportunity to arrange our own death, if and when the time is right. If this idea appeals to you, discuss it with your family and decide whether it’s an appropriate option for you. If so, then ask an attorney to clarify your intentions by means of a Living Will and Health Care Directive to Physicians. according to the laws of your state and country of domicile.

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What is Terminal Illness?

What is terminal illness; what do the words actually mean? It is a topic frequently brought up in the media, but what is the definition?

Simply put, a terminal illness is an infection or an illness which will result in death. Terminal illnesses or infections are considered incurable when there are no conservative therapies available which will eliminate it from the body. This medical phrase is usually used when there is a life expectancy of six months or less and complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) options are not included when referring to “treatments.”

It is possible to be diagnosed with a “terminal illness” and outlive the six-month life expectancy. Examples of illnesses and infections which could have relatively long life-spans are: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and neurological illness such as Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Now, knowing what is terminal illness, you may be wondering “are there any treatment options”?

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Residential Rehabilitation

When you have had complex, multiple or long term mental health conditions, it can be difficult to deal with everyday life. The thought of living alone can be particularly daunting. That’s when our residential support can help. We’ll work closely with you to regain your confidence, feel more independent and inspired to live the life you want.

By prioritising your wellbeing we:

  • Focus on you and your recovery
  • Increase your independence
  • Help develop the skills you need to live more independently
  • Support you to be involved in the community as and when you want
  • Help you to access community services, including the library, gym, college and social clubs
  • Provide 24/7 support.

Our residential services will help you on the path towards sustained recovery and independent living in an environment which is homely and comfortable.

Our residential support is available to everyone aged between 16 and 65 years. You must be registered, resident or homeless within a defined catchment area and have enduring mental health needs. You may also have a history of substance misuse.

Referrals into our residential care home services are accepted from:

  • Care managers from agreed areas
  • Employees of the prison system, acute wards, community mental health needs
  • NHS or independent sector providers
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Clinicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists.

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Select your state to find Dual Diagnosis Treatment near you:

Dual diagnosis and Co-Occurring disorder refers to the presence of both a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem. It is important to get effective treatment for both disorders. An effective treatment model is when one clinician or treatment team provides both mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment or TOLERANT?

Today the term dual diagnosis treatment has become common place in substance abuse treatment. But does that mean you will receive effective treatment for both your mental / emotional problem and your substance abuse?

Recent research shows that more than 90% of treatment centers that claim to be dual diagnosis treatment really only tolerate or accept patients that have psychiatric or emotional diagnosis, but do not provide psychiatric care, nor do they have Psychiatrists on staff at their centers. Also, if they do provide a visit to a psychiatrist it is brief and infrequent. Most treatment centers only provide a single visit a Psychiatrist mostly just to have medication prescribed. After that the patient is integrated into the Substance Abuse portion of the treatment for the remainder of their stay.

We believe this is only a tolerant approach at best and is not an effective TREATMENT for dual diagnosis patients. Treatment of a dual diagnosis is so complex it is safe to say that a certified substance abuse counselor alone is not qualified to provide the level of care needed to help these patients. We are not implying that the substance abuse treatment is not important, it is. It is vital to the overall well-being of every dual diagnosis patient. However, there are many more areas that need to be assessed by a medical doctor.

How can I find TRUE dual diagnosis treatment?

Lets define what TRUE dual diagnosis treatment includes before we find “treatment”. Here is what we define as dual diagnosis treatment:

  • Initial medical detoxification. This is the most critical time for the patient. Most patients have attempted to stop using alcohol or drugs at some time in the past and know first hand that withdrawal is painful; physically, mentally and emotionally. Therefore a medically assisted detox is suggested to help assure the patient that the withdrawal period will be as short and as comfortable as possible.
  • Next, once the patient has successfully completed detox they should immediately enter a 30 day. 60 day or 90 day inpatient treatment center. This can be a hospital or a residential dual diagnosis treatment center.
    (detox alone is NOT effective and is a waste of time if not followed by an inpatient treatment program)
    Next, within a few days (2-5 days) of entering the treatment center the patient MUST have a complete medical examination and lab work done to determine if there are biological reasons for the psychiatric symptoms. Recent study’s show that a very high percentage of patients with psychiatric diagnosis is due to a hormone imbalance caused by situations known as PTSD, or environmental reasons. If biological problems exist it is extremely important to correct these conditions before starting anti psychotic or antidepressant medication. Failure to do so will only MASK these conditions and allow them to continue to go untreated.
  • Continued care and monitoring by a M.D. is vital during substance abuse treatment for these types of patients. Biological problems MUST be monitored with additional lab test during their treatment until the M.D. and Psychiatrist effectively stabilize the patient.
  • Finally, the patient must have a continued treatment plan that he/she is confident they can continue after discharge from the treatment program. This usually consists of an outpatient program, 12 step meeting or support groups, continue hormone treatment, and monitoring the biological problem that was discovered by the M.D. and Psychiatrist while in treatment. Usually this means having lab tests done to check the hormone and adrenal system 1-2 time per year.

    Now that we know what a TRUE dual diagnosis treatment looks like, we can now ask any treatment center or program the proper questions.

    Here are some of the questions you should ask to determine if the treatment center is a true dual diagnosis treatment or just dual diagnosis tolerant:

    1. What is the name of the psychiatrist on staff and do they work exclusively with your center? (look up the doctors name the doctor should have a long history of substance abuse research and/or research in a related field.)

    2. What is the typical medication that you use to treat MY dual diagnosis patients? (They should not be able to tell you which medication you or your loved one will receive! Medication is not always the best solution if there is a biological problem)

    3. Ask which tests will be run, if any, once you enter the treatment center. (remember you MUST rule out any biological problems before they can diagnosis you or your loved one with psychiatric problems ONLY)

    4. Ask how they determine when you will be done with the inpatient part of treatment and you are ready to leave?
    (the ONLY answer to this should be, when the doctor, psychiatrist, and you feel that you biologically, mentally, and emotionally stable.
    Remember the patient can always decide to leave whenever they want, but the treatment center should answer from a medical stand point)
    Finding a TRUE Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center is difficult.
    We have expert staff willing to help you find treatment 24 hrs a day.

    How does recovery from dual disorders occur?

  • Recovery must be the individual’s choice. People cannot be “pushed” into giving up substances. Over time they can learn to manage both their illnesses and to get on with their lives in meaningful ways.
  • The process of recovery begins as soon as someone enters a dual disorders treatment program or becomes committed to managing their illnesses.
  • Recovery takes time, hope, and courage. For most people, recovery occurs over months or years.
  • People in Co-Occurring treatment programs learn to manage two long-term illnesses and build a new meaningful life without drugs. This process requires time, support, education, courage, and skills.
  • You can help. Everyone in your loved one’s life can help by offering support, hope, and encouragement.

    What are the facts about dual disorders?

    Vulnerability is important.
    People who are affected by a mental illness use drugs for the same reasons people without mental illness do, such as not having jobs, not feeling happy, and not having good skills for meeting people. In many cases, people with mental illness are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and other drugs.

    Dual disorders are common.
    Study results show that one of every two individuals with severe mental illness has the additional problem of substance use disorder (abuse or dependence related to alcohol or other drugs).

    Integrated dual diagnosis treatment works.
    People with dual disorders have a much better chance of recovery from both disorders when they receive combined, or integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment from the same clinician or treatment team.

  • What is a terminal illness #hospice #information

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    Full Definition of terminal

    1a. of or relating to an end, extremity, boundary, or terminus a terminal pillar b. growing at the end of a branch or stem a terminal bud

    2a. of, relating to, or occurring in a term or each term terminal payments b(1). leading ultimately to death. fatal terminal cancer (2). approaching or close to death. being in the final stages of a fatal disease a terminal patient (3). of or relating to patients with a terminal illness terminal care c. extremely or hopelessly severe terminal boredom

    3a. occurring at or constituting the end of a period or series. concluding the terminal moments of life b. not intended as preparation for further academic work a terminal curriculum


    See terminal defined for English-language learners

    See terminal defined for kids

    Examples of terminal in a sentence

    She was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    I was suffering from terminal boredom.

    another person with terminal stupidity

    branches that end in a terminal bud

    Origin and Etymology of terminal

    Latin terminalis, from terminus

    First Known Use: 1744

    Related to terminal

    Related Words
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    Synonym Discussion of terminal

    last. final. terminal. ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped last page of a book last news we had of him . final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress final day of school . terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development terminal phase of a disease . ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible the ultimate collapse of the system .


    Simple Definition of terminal

    a building where buses or trains regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off

    a building at an airport where people get on and off airplanes

    a computer or a combination of a keyboard and a video display that is connected to a system and used for entering or receiving data

    Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

    Full Definition of terminal

    3. a device attached to the end of a wire or cable or to an electrical apparatus for convenience in making connections

    4a. either end of a carrier line having facilities for the handling of freight and passengers b. a freight or passenger station that is central to a considerable area or serves as a junction at any point with other lines c. a town or city at the end of a carrier line. terminus

    5. a combination of a keyboard and output device (as a video display unit) by which data can be entered into or output from a computer or electronic communications system

    See terminal defined for English-language learners

    Examples of terminal in a sentence

    I will meet you outside the bus terminal .

    Flight 1584 is now departing from Gate 6 in Terminal A.

    You are not allowed in the terminal without a ticket.

    Ten terminals are connected to this server.

    You will need to clean the corrosion off the battery terminals .

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    terminal illness

    an advanced stage of a disease with an unfavorable prognosis and no known cure.

    terminal illness

    A term defined in UK Social Security legislation as: “a progressive disease where death as a consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within 6 months”. Patients who are suffering from a terminal illness can claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA) or Incapacity Benefit (IB) under the so-called “special rules”.

    terminal illness

    A final, fatal illness.

    Patient care

    The health care professional supports the patient and family by anticipating their loss and grief and helps the patient to deal with fear, pain and suffering, hopelessness, dependency, disability, loss of self-esteem, and loss of pleasure. Hospice care is provided if desired and available. The patient receives caring comfort and help in adjusting to decreased quality of life to ensure that death occurs with dignity.

    ter mi nal ill ness

    Advanced disease state from which there is no expectation of recovery.

    Patient discussion about terminal illness

    Q. I heard that HIV is no longer considered a terminal illness. I saw a T.V. program about it and they said it’s a “chronic disease”. What does that means. Is it true?

    A. It’s true, it’s no longer considered terminal, but believe me, don’t throw away your condoms…the medication prolongs life and give you a chance to live but they are expensive and have nasty side effects. Enough to make you consider stop using them, and then the HIV comes back like nothing happened. Protect your self. It’s MUCH cheaper and wiser..

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    The Minister concluded: Marie Curie has been at the forefront of improving care for people with terminal illness .

    An important advantage of hospice care is that medications used for palliation of the terminal illness are covered by the benefit.

    By signing up for Walk to Remember in Cardiff and reaching the fundraising target, you’ll be helping Marie Curie provide expert care, guidance and support to help people living with a terminal illness get the most from their time.

    Marie Curie wants everyone involved in the healthcare of people with a terminal illness to undertake mandatory “practice-based” palliative care training as part of their professional development.

    Newlife Foundation is the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK.

    Hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party is a fantastic way to raise money for Marie Curie too, helping us care for more people living with a terminal illness .

    These funds will enable nurses like me to continue to provide free nursing care to people with a terminal illness at our Liverpool hospice, and in their own homes through our Wirral Nursing Service and STARS programme in conjunction with Crossroads.

    Unbeknown to Sonia, Victor is fighting terminal illness .

    When a callous play of the terminal illness card isn’t even the worst of a movie’s plot developments, you’ve got a film whose problems go well beyond out-of-control actresses.

    I’ll Be In The Car: One Woman’s Story Of Love, Loss, And Reclaiming Life is the true story of a wife whose young husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness .

    Other built-in provisions include a death benefit and waivers for home health care, nursing home and terminal illness .

    Ms McManus is campaigning for the HSE to accept a doctor’s letter as confirmation of a terminal illness .

    Terminal illness care – St #hospice #services #at #home

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    Providing assistance for the terminally ill and their families

    St. Joseph Hospice Foundation (SJHF) is a non-profit corporation, chartered in January of 2003, which provides assistance to terminally ill patients and their families. The mission of the foundation is to provide peace, comfort and dignity to those facing a terminal illness, regardless of which hospice agency they choose.

    Donations to SJHF are used to offer supportive care for non funded patients and families and help provide for living expenses, funeral costs, memorial services and more. SJHF provides over $50,000 yearly in communities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.

    Care to Dance Auction

    Our ‘Care to Dance’ Auction will be coming up on April 15th with the theme ‘Rock Around the Clock.”

    Hard Choices

    “Hard Choices” covers the most common medical treatment decisions faced by those who are living with a life-threatening illness. CPR (resuscitation efforts), artificial feeding, hospitalization of an ill person and shifting to a hospice approach are all considered in depth.

    5 Wishes

    The Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.

    Carpenter Health Network

    For the fight in all of us, for the families who won’t give in, and for the survivors we all are, we are The Carpenter Health Network, and we believe in the expectation of tomorrow — the foundation of hope that guides us every day, in everything we do.

    Mailing Address:

    St. Joseph Hospice Foundation
    17732 Highland Road
    Suite G, Box 241
    Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    Call us at:
    (225) 978-2756

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    What is Terminal Illness?

    What is terminal illness; what do the words actually mean? It is a topic frequently brought up in the media, but what is the definition?

    Simply put, a terminal illness is an infection or an illness which will result in death. Terminal illnesses or infections are considered incurable when there are no conservative therapies available which will eliminate it from the body. This medical phrase is usually used when there is a life expectancy of six months or less and complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) options are not included when referring to “treatments.”

    It is possible to be diagnosed with a “terminal illness” and outlive the six-month life expectancy. Examples of illnesses and infections which could have relatively long life-spans are: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and neurological illness such as Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

    Now, knowing what is terminal illness, you may be wondering “are there any treatment options”?

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    Monarch Hospice – Palliative Care – Quality of life for life limiting

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    The opportunity to touch lives through your actions, words, and presence. In many healthcare settings, caring professionals do not get the chance to live up to this promise. Here at Monarch Hospice Palliative Care we provide intense comfort care and end of life support to our patients and their families. Our team from the CEO down becomes part of the fabric of the lives of those we serve. Here people get to explore and utilize their Creativity, Compassion, and Knowledge.

    Equal Opportunity Policy

    Monarch Hospice Palliative Care offers at will employment and considers applicants for all positions without regard to age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual preference or liability for service in the armed forces.

    Monarch Hospice Palliative Care values its staff and recognizes that they are our organization’s most important asset. We are committed to providing a positive work environment where employees are valued and will feel they can contribute to the success of our organization. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by providing a competitive salary based on job classification, education, and experience and a benefits program that allows flexibility and personal choice.

    Application or Resume

    Click here if you would like to fill out an application to become part of the team at Monarch Hospice Palliative Care.

    Please complete the entire application and remember to specify the position desired. Mail or Fax the completed application and resume to:

    Monarch Hospice Palliative Care
    3115 N Wilke Rd, Suite H
    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Phone: 1-800-HOSPICE
    Fax: (847) 884-1270