Family Resources

When someone you love is given a life-limiting diagnosis, how do you even begin to deal with it? You want to give them the best possible care at the end of their life, but the options may be limited. Suddenly you are a caregiver, and you might feel very much alone in that role. Crossroads House is here to help not only our residents but their loved ones as well. Below are resources and videos to help our families.

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New Rules for End of Life Care: A Guide on Stages of Death

A must watch video for individuals and families facing a terminal diagnosis.
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Caregiving Resources

Resources to help you care for your loved one at home

Repositioning in bed

This video will show you how to safely reposition someone to help alleviate pain, pressure sores and aid in breathing.

My mother has stopped eating...

Barbara Karnes, RN: End of Life Educator, Hospice Nurse, explains how our bodies demand for food changes as the dying process moves forward.
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How to change an incontinent pad with a bed bound person

This video shows you how to change a soiled underpad with a bedbound person.  The Touch Dry referred to in the video is also known a Chux pad or disposable underpad.

Changing an adult undergarment (Depends or similar)

Learn how to change an adult undergarment (Depends or similar) on a person who is bedbound.

Assisting a bedbound person using a bedpan

This video will help you navigate the process of helping your loved use a bedpan.
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Does Morphine Hasten Death?

Barbara Karnes, RN: End of Life Educator, Hospice Nurse explains the misconceptions about the use of narcotics and their proper role in end of life comfort care.
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I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying | Dr. Christopher Kerr 

Dr. Christopher Kerr speaks at a 2015 TEDx event Buffalo, New York. Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

More to dying than meets the eye

Those who work with the dying are familiar with patients seeing long deceased loved ones, angelic beings, even hearing music and comforting voices as the patient nears death. Deathbed phenomena have been documented in the days, weeks, and months before death since the 1500s.  "It doesn't matter why it happens, just that it happens"
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What Now?

Resources for families after their loved one has died

What makes life worth living in the face of death?

In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband
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We don't "move on" from grief.  We move forward with it.

In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching. Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief.
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The journey through loss and grief

Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of moving through and with loss — as well as some quiet wisdom for anyone else experiencing life-changing grief.
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