Welcome to our resource page. This information is designed to provide you
and your family with information and resources to assist you along the
continuum of care. From how to choose a caregiver to what to do after
the death of a loved one; we want you to know that you are not alone,
we are here to help.
Hard Choices for Loving People
Handbook written by Chaplain Hank Dunn that addresses CPR, Artificial Feeding,
Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life Threatening Illness. This is
a copyrighted booklet. Please ask your Hospice Team for a copy, we will
be more than happy to provide.
The Final Journey: Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death
St. Joseph Hospice realizes that this is one of the most difficult and
stressful times for caregivers. This handout is offered as a guideline
to help you understand the natural changes that may take place during
the dying process. No two people experience death exactly the same way.
Keep in mind that not all changes or symptoms will appear at the same
time. Some may never appear. But because the body, spirit, emotions, and
mind are in preparation for the final journey of life, many of these common
changes will be seen and can help guide you in caring for your loved one.
Our goal is to help caregivers understand what to expect and prepare them
to continue to provide excellent care to their loved one.
The Final Journey (English)
The Final Journey (Spanish)
Responsibilities After Death
The time immediately following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming
and complicated by a seemingly endless number of tasks. For many, this
period of grief can be an emotional mixture of shock, pain and uncertainty
about what life will be like without their loved one. When someone dies,
having a checklist to follow can provide a sense of control and structure
through a most difficult and overwhelming time. It is important to remember
that this only a guide and does not replace the advice and counsel of
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization:
The Hospice Foundation of America:
National Association Homecare and Hospice:
National Hospice Foundation:
St. Joseph Private Duty
Top Questions to Ask A Caregiver Agency
How Do You Know When You Need a Caregiver?
Orange Caregiver Resource Center:
Council on Aging:
Orange County Aging Services Collaborative:
Alzheimer's Association-Orange County: