When exploring treatment and end of life care options, families often confuse hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care both aim to provide pain and symptom relief for patients. While palliative care can be coupled with curative treatment, hospice care provides pain relief for patients with terminal illnesses who have ended all curative treatments and have a life expectancy under six months. All hospice care is a type of palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice.
The first hours after the death of a loved one can be overwhelming and confusing. Consider making a list or download our end of life checklist to paint a clear picture of what needs to be done. As you review the items, take advantage of family members and close friends that offer help. Try to delegate responsibilities to lighten the load.
When a loved one passes away, many decisions need to be made. It can be challenging to decide which answers best fit your situation and needs—particularly when you don’t have all the necessary information. Even if you know that your loved one wanted to be cremated, you may not be aware of your options for where, and how, their cremation may be handled. While a local traditional funeral home might be the first place you’d think to contact, you may first want to learn more about classic cremation vs. direct cremation.
When you’ve lost a loved one, processing the feelings that follow can be more complicated than you might expect. Unfortunately, the same can often be said of arranging their memorial service. There’s more to planning your loved one’s send-off than acquiring a death certificate and scheduling their cremation and memorialization. In addition to planning the ceremony itself, you need to make sure you’ve checked all the necessary legal boxes to ensure everything proceeds smoothly. And if you want to scatter your loved one’s ashes in Los Angeles County, you’re going to need a burial permit, also known as a permit for disposition.
Though many people associate cremation with ash scattering ceremonies, interring ashes can be a good alternative for those who prefer to have a specific memorial to return to in the future. A family interment service allows close friends and relatives a chance to support one another during this difficult time and say goodbye together. But where do you start when planning an interment of ashes ceremony? The following ideas can help you and your family decide how best to honor your loved one’s memory.