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Caregiving at the End of Life

Caregiving at the End of Life

Caregiving at the end of life involves much more than the practical tasks of helping a person with cancer. Its also about letting your loved one know of you love and commitment.

CancerCare Resource NCI Fact Sheet
If Cancer Treatments Stop Working

When you have tried many different treatments and they are no longer controlling the cancer,
it might be time to weight the benefits and risks of trying new treatments.

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Hospice Care

Hospice focuses on caring,
not curing; controlling pain so that patients can remain as comfortable as possible near the end of life.

NCI Fact Sheet Understanding Hospice Care

Individuals who have Cigna medical insurance through Kaman are entitled to hospice benefits for up to 12 months. Please see the Cigna Medical Summary Plan Descriptions for more information.

What to Expect When a Person with Cancer is Nearing Death

People often use this time to gather the family and say goodbye to their loved one, perform religious rituals, and express their love.

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Grieving

Grieving for Years

People grieve through different stages. It becomes a problem when there is no process, people go over and over the same things, and when theres no change in what is expressed over a long period of time.

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The Grieving Process

Grieving includes the entire emotional process of coping with a loss, and can last a long time. Normal grieving allows us to let a loved one go and keep on living in a healthy way.

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Symptoms of Major Depression and Complicated Grief

About 1 in 5 bereaved people will develop clinical depression,
which can be helped with therapy and medications. People at high risk for clinical depression include those who have been depressed before,
those without a support system,
those who have had problems with drug or alcohol abuse, or those with other life stresses.

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Moving On

Moving on from being a caregiver involves reestablishing priorities, coping with grief more softly, and refocusing on what matters in life..

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Relief and Guilt

When a loved one passes, you may find yourself in an unfamiliar landscape with a confusing mix of emotions.

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