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

A 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 an attorney.

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Web Resources

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization:

The Hospice Foundation of America:


National Association Homecare and Hospice:

National Hospice Foundation:

Perinatal Hospice:


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: