Death and Dementia

One of the most common diagnoses we see for hospice care is dementia. The challenge of losing a loved one seems to be magnified when family is also the caregiver, and even more so when your loved one is passing from a disease like dementia.

At Elite, we train in our hospice care with materials from Barbara Karnes, RN, a long-time hospice nurse. Below is a video of a conversation with Barbara on YouTube discussing end of life care in persons with dementia.

Morphine and Hospice

A common myth is that morphine causes death in hospice.

This is incorrect and a misconception of morphine and hospice. Take a look at this video by Barbara Karnes, a hospice expert.

If you still have questions, let us know. We would love to get this discussion going.

Who is Barbara Karnes?

Barbara Karnes, RN Award Winning End of Life Educator, Award Winning Nurse, NHPCO Hospice Innovator Award Winner 2018 & 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year 

While at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process, Hospice Pioneer Barbara Karnes noticed that each death was following a near identical script. Each person was going through the stages of death in almost the same manner and most families came to her with similar questions. These realizations led Barbara to sit down and write Gone From My Sight, “The Little Blue Book” that changed the hospice industry.  

Gone From My Sight is the original, and remains the most widely used, patient/family educational booklet on the signs of approaching death. It has been in print continuously since 1985 and has sold over 35 million copies world wide. With its publication and distribution, Barbara created one of the most important tools in the end of life movement today.  

“People don’t understand that there’s a normal, natural way of dying. My materials are written to guide and support anyone who finds themselves addressing end of life situations. The goal is to help people have a positive experience so everyone involved will have a sacred memory to carry with them.” – Barbara Karnes, RN

Learn more at https://bkbooks.com/pages/about-barbara?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsND48PjI_wIV7CqtBh1BKA8uEAAYASABEgJGk_D_BwE

People don’t die like they do in the movies

Barbara Karnes, RN Award Winning End of Life Educator, Award Winning Nurse, NHPCO Hospice Innovator Award Winner 2018 & 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year 

While at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process, Hospice Pioneer Barbara Karnes noticed that each death was following a near identical script. Each person was going through the stages of death in almost the same manner and most families came to her with similar questions. These realizations led Barbara to sit down and write Gone From My Sight, “The Little Blue Book” that changed the hospice industry.  

Gone From My Sight is the original, and remains the most widely used, patient/family educational booklet on the signs of approaching death. It has been in print continuously since 1985 and has sold over 35 million copies world wide. With its publication and distribution, Barbara created one of the most important tools in the end of life movement today.  

“People don’t understand that there’s a normal, natural way of dying. My materials are written to guide and support anyone who finds themselves addressing end of life situations. The goal is to help people have a positive experience so everyone involved will have a sacred memory to carry with them.” – Barbara Karnes, RN

For more information, check out Barbara Karnes’ website at https://bkbooks.com/pages/about-barbara?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsND48PjI_wIV7CqtBh1BKA8uEAAYASABEgJGk_D_BwE