Guides & Resources

Activities for Caregivers & Patients – Suggested activities for caregivers to do with their loved one.

Advance Care Planning – Information on developing a written plan stating what kind of health care treatments you would or would not want if you could not speak for yourself.

Coping with Another Person’s Suffering –  Suggestions for things you can do to cope with another person’s pain and symptoms.

Difficult Conversations about Hospice Care – Guidance on when and how to start the conversation about end-of-life care.

How to Give a Hand Massage – A gentle hand massage can be very relaxing for those who are ill. Follow these step-by-step instructions with the patient or your loved one.

Nutrition and Hydration Information for Families & Caregivers – Information about changing nutrition and hydration needs at the end of life.

Safe Disposal of Medications – Directions how to safely dispose of medications that are no longer needed.

Signs & Symptoms of Pain – A list of symptoms that may indicate emotional, physical or spiritual pain. 

The Gift of Presence: Tips for Visiting a Terminally Ill Family Member or Friend – Helpful tips for what to say and do when visiting an ill loved one.

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say – During difficult times, what you say and how you say it can make all the difference.

 

Grief Support

Common Grief Reactions – Grief affects everyone differently, but everyone will have some reaction to grief. This article explains some of the common grief reactions of adults.

Coping with Grief During the Holidays – For people who are grieving, the holidays often bring a mixture of emotions and feelings, being overwhelmed by multiple demands and the difficulty of coping with the loss of loved ones. This article provides suggestions for how to cope.

Grief vs. Depression: What You Need to Know and When to Seek Help – It is not uncommon for people to question whether they or someone they know is depressed after the death of a loved one. For most people, the emotional, mental and physical symptoms experienced after a death can be attributed to normal grief.

Healthy Ways to Keep Memories Alive – A remembrance tradition can provide a place for healthy remembering. This article provides suggestions on ways to honor the memory of a loved one.

How to Help a Grieving Friend – When a friend loses a loved one through death, we struggle to know what to do. This article provides practical ways you can provide support.

The Importance of Self-Care During Grief – Each grief journey is as unique as the individual who walks its path. That being recognized, an aspect of grief that is common to all who grieve is the need for self-care.

What NOT to Say to a Grieving Person: Tips from a Bereavement Specialist – No matter how similar two losses may seem, no two deaths are exactly the same. With grief comes a multitude of feelings, and with those feelings come individuals who experience them in their own unique ways. Learn more about what not to say to a grieving person.

When a Friend is Ill – Trying to understand what your friend is going through can help you be more compassionate and kind. This article offers practical suggestions on how to support a friend who is ill.

Upcoming Grief Support Groups & Classes – This page lists support groups and classes offered by Hospice of the Red River Valley throughout our service area.

 

Grief Support for Kids & Teens

Children’s Understanding of Death: Developmental Guidelines – Children and teens understand loss differently than adults, and it’s important to recognize how the individual’s age contributes to their grief reactions. Distinguishing the difference age plays in how a child may behave can help you be more prepared when consoling a child.

Eight Myths about Children, Adolescents & Loss – This article by Kenneth J. Doka dispels eight myths about children, adolescents and loss.

How to Help Grieving Children – This article provides practical ways to help grieving children.

Parenting: Grief & Loss – Grieving the death of a spouse while also parenting children and teens at home brings many profound changes in the surviving parent’s life. This article offers helpful tips on how to manage your grief while parenting.

When a Friend is Ill – Trying to understand what your friend is going through can help you be more compassionate and kind. This article offers practical suggestions on how to support a friend who is ill.

When Young People Experience Grief – For young people to learn to grieve in a healthy manner, they need understanding, information and support from parents and other adults in their lives. This article provides helpful ways to support young people who are grieving.