With these 5 simple tips, you can help the family caregiver and your life feel less stressed and incredibly loved this Thanksgiving.

5 Tips for Helping Family Caregivers This Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and gratitude, it's often an additional source of stress for already stressed-out family caregivers.

Learn how you can be a bastion of love and support for family caregivers this Thanksgiving.

Learn how family caregivers can receive compensation for caring for their terminally-ill loved ones.

Compensation for Family Caregivers

Dr. Marcia Howland reveals how caregivers can alleviate some of the financial stress while caring for a terminally-ill loved one.

Learn how family caregivers can receive compensation for caring for their terminally-ill loved ones.

Learn a new perspective on the grief that views the traditional 5 stages of grief as fluid states, rather than ordered stages.

States of Grief: A New Perspective

Grief is a unique and personal journey. While K├╝bler-Ross's 5 Stages of Grief are useful, they may be better viewed as fluid states, rather than orderly stages.

See grief from a new perspective.

What is a hospice chaplain and what does a hospice chaplain do?

What is a Hospice Chaplain?

A hospice chaplain is a spiritual counselor and bastion of comfort to hospice patients, caregivers, and families alike. Learn how hospice chaplains come into their role and what makes a truly impactful hospice chaplain.

Learn how hospice chaplains provide spiritual care and comfort for those on the end-of-life journey.

What is hospice respite care?

What is Hospice Respite Care?

Family caregivers provide around-the-clock care for their loved one with a terminal illness. While their care comes from a heart of love and selflessness, no caregiver can provide continuous care without getting rest for themself.

Learn how hospice helps caregivers get the rest they need with the respite care option.

Understand the role of a hospice medical director and how their work impacts the lives of hospice patients, families, friends, and caregivers.

Understanding the Role of a Hospice Medical Director

The hospice medical director is a role that affects both hospice patients and staff alike. Learn the responsibilities, requirements, and impact of effective medical directors.

Understand the role and impact of effective hospice medical directors.

Are you a caregiver trying to balance your career while caring for a loved one? Learn how you can achieve balance.

Balancing Caregiving and Work

Millions of Americans come into the caregiving role unexpectedly and often at the height of their careers — causing conflicts and extreme stress when trying to balance caregiving and on-the-job responsibilities.

Learn how you can begin to achieve balance as a working family caregiver.

Dementia patients at this Australian care facility reconnect to one another socially and emotionally through the caretaking of chickens.

Dementia Patients Reconnect Socially and Emotionally by Becoming Hen Caretakers

At this Australian dementia care facility, animal therapy plays a big role in the care of their patients and the patients' rebuilding emotional and social bonds to one another.

See how these fluffy critters play a big role in helping dementia patients form social and emotional bonds.

Learn how to explain death to children.

How to Explain Death to Children

How we explain death to our children forms the foundations of their relationship with the concept of death and dying.

Learn how to explain the concepts of death and dying to your child.

Licensed hospice social worker Meredith Fields Lawler shares how she is finding peace while greiving her father's death.

Finding Peace in the Ocean of Grief

Licensed social worker Meredith Fields Lawler shares how she is coping with her father's death and learning to find peace in the midst of her grief.

Learn how you can find peace while coping with grief.

How does hospice provide care at home?

How Does Hospice Provide Care at Home?

Hospice isn't a place, but a holistic philosophy of team-based care that is dedicated to providing care to your loved one no matter where they call home.

Learn how hospice provides care for your loved one no matter where they call home.

Learn how to care for your loved one with Alzheimer's during bouts of difficult dementia-related behaviors.

Understanding and Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors

Dementia-related illnesses slowly degrade the brain's ability to correctly process stimuli and can bring about many changes in your loved one's behavior and personality. We explore the more common difficult dementia behaviors and how you, as a caregiver, can best manage these outbursts or frustrating behaviors when they arise.

Learn how to care for your loved one with dementia and manage the difficult behaviors they might exhibit as a result of their illness.

Understand the importance of proper wound care in the hospice and palliative care setting.

Understanding Wound Care in the Hospice and Palliative Setting

Closing and healing wounds has unique challenges both for the care team and the hospice patient. Understanding what causes wounds and the effects of wounds on the patient's whole person is vital in knowing how best to provide care for a wounded patient at the end of life.

Learn why quality wound care is in the hospice and palliative care setting is vitally important.

Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation is proud to be a member of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerece.

Membership in the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce

As a nonprofit foundation rooted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we're proud to be allied with the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerece and their commitment to the community.

Learn the values that we cherish and share with the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerece.

Creating a 'needs and wants' list can be a helpful and effective tool toward managing your stress as a caregiver.

Managing Caregiver Stress with a Needs and Wants List

Caregivers often overlook their own needs when bogged down by the stresses of caregiving. Making a clearly-defined "needs and wants" list can help focus your efforts, energy, and ensure clarity in communication with your loved one.

Learn how creating a "needs and wants" list can help you manage your stress as a caregiver and better communicate with your loved one.

The differences between hospice care and palliative care.

Understanding The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care

When considering care options for your loved one, it can be difficult to wade through the terminology used to describe different types of care. Learn where hospice care and palliative care differ and how each is uniquely designed to provide your loved one with optimal comfort and care.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the differences between hospice care and palliative care.

Understand the affordability of hospice and the options available to you when paying for your loved one's hospice care.

Paying for Hospice Care

After a terminal diagnosis, many avoid discussing end-of-life care options out of fear of becoming a financial burden to their family. Learn how hospice is an affordable and patient-centric end-of-life care option for your loved one.

Understand the affordability of hospice and the options available to you when paying for your loved one's hospice care.

Family caregiver Jeannie Broussard shares the lessons she learned as a caregiver while providing care for her husband and mother.

Interview with Family Caregiver Jeannie Broussard: When I Felt Worn to the Bone

Family caregiver Jeannie Broussard shares the lessons she learned as a caregiver while providing care for her husband and mother.

Learn how to adapt your life to the caregiving role and understand the ups and downs you may face on the caregiving journey.

Teresa Adair and the Foundation board of directors send comfort and joy to you this holiday season and thank you 
                                              for your generous support throughout the year.

Comfort and Joy, Comfort and Joy

Teresa Adair and the Foundation board of directors send comfort and joy to you this holiday season and thank you for your generous support throughout the year.

See how your generous giving empowered us to impact communities, provide grief recovery support, and end-of-life education in 2015.

On this global day of charitable giving, Giving Tuesday, see our nationwide community impact and how your giving 
                                              supports quality end-of-life care, grief recovery, and organizations that share our mission.

Giving Tuesday 2015

On this day of global charitable giving, see our impact in communities across the nation and learn how your giving supports caregivers, the grieving, and those on the end-of-life journey.

See our nationwide impact and how you can lend your support this #GivingTuesday.

Licensed social worker Meredith Fields Lawler simply showing up and listening can help heal those hurting on the end-of-life journey.

A Piece of My Own Story

Licensed social worker Meredith Fields Lawler shares how simply showing up and listening can help heal those hurting on the end-of-life journey.

Learn how simply sitting, listening, and cherishing memories with those on the end-of-life journey can bring restorative comfort and joy.

Love Is Always the Answer

Licensed Social Worker Meredith Fields Lawler shares the story of her grandmother's death and how love, family, and relationships are what truly matter at the end of life.

Learn what matters most in a life lived beautifully.

Caring for the Caregiver

Judy Waechter, Community Educator for Crossroads Hospice, shares the definition of a caregiver, the costs of caregiving, and tips on how caregivers can best care for themselves.

Learn how caregivers can provide themselves with the care necessary to give more richly to their terminally ill loved ones.

Committed to Excellence

In our commitment to excellence, we are proud to join the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

Read about our commitment to transparency, excellence and accountability as a nonprofit.

Understanding

Foundation Grief Recovery Specialist® Dorothy Franks shares how to understand the connection between anger and grief when losing a loved one

Learn to understand the connection between anger and grief after losing a loved one.

The Meaning of Love

Teresa Adair, Executive Director, shares how to show love and nurture the relationships in your life by keeping things simple.

Read more about showing love to your loved ones or caregivers in your life.

Living His Way

Teresa Adair, Executive Director of Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, shares her passion for hospice and personal story of her father's journey with hospice care.

Read more about her passion for the richness of end-of-life care.

Hope for the New Year

Foundation Grief Recovery Specialist®, Dorothy Franks, shares how we can allow hope into our lives in this new year.

Learn how to bring hope into your life in this new year.

If your abusive parent becomes sick and requires end-of-life care, is it right for you to become their caregiver given your less-than-ideal relationship with them?

A Less than Ideal Relationship: Choosing the Caregiver

When an abusive parent or loved one becomes ill and requires end-of-life care, should you step into the caregiving role?

Learn the demands of caregiving and if assuming the caregiving role is healthy for you and your loved one.

Learn how children most effectively cope with grief and the role grief plays as a teacher in the life of a child.

The Tasks of Childhood Grief

Understand the tasks of childhood grief, how to notice if your child is struggling to cope, and how you can help your child heal along their grief journey.

Learn the tasks of your child's grief.

Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation's Executive Director, Teresa Adair, shares why it's imperative that we learn to live and love in the moment rather than freezing in the fear of uncertainty.

Living and Loving in the Moment

Life is frought with uncertainty and fear, but learning to let go of pain and live boldy in the moment — with love foremost in our heart — is key to living richly.

Begin to live and love in the moment, and let go of the pain and fear holding you back from helping those you love.

Hospice and mesothelioma

Hospice Care and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, a form of cancer, often attacks the lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs, making breathing extremely difficult and transforms everyday tasks into burdensome challenges.

Learn how hospice provides compassionate care and comfort to patients with mesothelioma.

When coping with grief, yoga and other wellness activities can play a big role in helping you overcome difficult times.

Wellness Activities and Their Role in Recharging the Body to Handle Grief

Grief affects the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Thankfully, you can engage in simple wellness activities to recharge your batteries and better cope with the difficult emotions and symptoms of grief.

Learn to cope with grief by engaging in rejuvenating wellness activities.

See how one 12-year-old boy is using his handcrafted teddy bears of his own design to bring love, hope, and healing to sick children and families in grief.

12-Year-Old Boy Sews 365 Teddy Bears for Grieving Families and Sick Children

You won't find Campbell Remess spending his time on things most 12-year-old boys love. He's using his free time, his talents, and his incredibly compassionate spirit to bring hope and love to grieving families and sick children across the world.

See how one boy's handcrafted teddy bears are bringing hope and love to the sick and grieving.

Kasey Simmons, 32-year-old Applebee's waiter, receives a $500.00 tip from the Sullivan family after comforting Mrs. Sullivan during her grief.

Waiter Tipped $500 after Random Act of Kindness toward Grieving Wife and Mother

32-year-old Applebee's waiter Kasey Simmons shows us what it means to support the grieving and demonstrates how the simplest acts of love can pull the greiving from the depths of sadness.

Read more about this waiter's selfless act of kindness.

Rebuilding your life after caregiving

Rebuilding Your Life After Caregiving

Having carried out the role and duties as a family caregiver for years, what happens when caregiving finally comes to an end? Learn how to prepare yourself for the journey of self-discovery and rekindling a life after years of caregiving.

Learn how to live a rekindled and reinvigorated life after caregiving ends.

What is Lewy Body Dementia, and how does hospice care for patients with Lewy Body Dementia?

What is Lewy Body Dementia?

Lewy body dementia affects patients mentally, physically, and emotionally — causing vivid hallucinaitons, violent outbursts during sleep, and a host of other symptoms. Learn the cause of LBD and how the holistic care practices of hospice brings comfort to those facing this cruel disease.

Understand what Lewy body dementia is and how hospice cares for those with the disease.

Learn the 5 love languages of caregiving and how you can show love to the caregivers in your life in the ways that they need it most.

The Five Love Languages of Caregiving

Our love language defines how we receive, express, and interpret different acts of love. To support those in the caregiving role, learning their love language and exercising is the best way to express your love and support them in their journey.

Learn how you can show love to the caregivers in your life in the ways that they need it most.

Meredith Fields-Lawler shares why it's important to embrace the sadness and discomfort of grief and shares what we should never say to the grieving.

The Importance of Embracing the Sadness of Grief

Meredith Fields-Lawler shares why it's important to embrace the sadness and discomfort of grief and shares what we should never say to the grieving.

Learn why it's important to embrace the discomfort and sadness of grief.

Debbie Vaught, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation Chair, shares how she is rediscovering herself after having been a caregiver to her mother for many years.

Completing the Caregiving Role: Rediscovering Myself After the Caregiving Journey has Ended

Debbie Vaught, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation Chair, shares how she is rediscovering herself after having been a caregiver to her mother for many years.

Learn how the roles in your life might begin to shift after the caregiving journey is completed.

Learn how to help children cope with the death of a loved one.

Helping Children in Grief: Understanding Childhood Bereavement

Children experience grief differently than adults. Sadly, this can lead to child grief being overlooked by the significant adults in a child's life. By understanding how children understand death, what behaviors they may exhibit, and how you can help, you can provide a safe, helpful, and reassuring presence for a grieving child.

Learn how you can help grieving children cope after the death of a loved one.

Knowing vs. Understanding

When greiving, it is easy to feel alone and surrounded by uncertainty. Teresa Adair shares how you can come to better know yourself and understand the choices you have available to you while grieving.

Learn the importance of understanding yourself and knowing the choices you can make when grieving.

Meredith Fields-Lawler, LSCW shares what she is learning as a caregiver to her father with cancer and how her innocence may be gone, but her substance is not.

When Your Innocence is Shattered

Meredith Fields-Lawler, LSCW shares what she is learning as a caregiver to her father with cancer and how her innocence may be gone, but her substance is not.

Understand how the end-of-life journey may shatter your innocence, but strengthen the substance that makes you unique, strong, and capable as a caregiver.

Family caregiver Jeannie Broussard shares how she began to rebuild her identity after being a family caregiver for many years.

Interview with Family Caregiver Jeannie Broussard: Weathering the Caregiver Experience

Family caregiver Jeannie Broussard shares her struggles as a caregiver and how she learned to rebuild her identity after caring for her husband and mother.

Learn what challenges you may face as a family caregiver and how you can begin to rebuild your identity after the caregiving is over.

Learn how music therapy brings hospice patients spiritual, physical, and emotional comfort on the end-of-life journey.

Music Therapy in Hospice

Music has a longstanding history as a therapeutic artform that brings restoration and healing to the whole person. We explore how music therapy is used to bring comfort to patients in the hospice setting.

Learn how music therapy brings hospice patients spiritual, physical, and emotional comfort on the end-of-life journey.

The holidays can be a difficult time for caregivers and the grieving. Meredith Fields-Lawler shares how to 
                                              navigate this season with a heart of hope.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays can be a difficult time for caregivers and the grieving. Meredith Fields-Lawler shares how to navigate this season with a heart of hope.

Embrace this holiday season with a heart of hope while in grief or caring for a loved one.

This National Children's Grief Awareness Day, learn why grieving children and families need a supportive community 
                                              and how Crossroads Kids is fulfilling that community need.

National Children's Grief Awareness Day

This National Children's Grief Awareness Day, learn why grieving children and families need a supportive community and how Crossroads Kids is fulfilling that community need.

Learn about National Children's Grief Awarensss Day and how Crossroads Kids provides children and families with a healing community.

What is hospice pet therapy?

What is Hospice Pet Therapy?

Animals have always provided humans with companionship, unconditional love, and joy. We show how this bond is used in the hospice setting to provide patients with a soothing, loving presence that yields a host of benefits.

Learn how hospice uses pet therapy to provide patients with tremendous physical, social, and emotional benefits.

Understanding Hospice Volunteering

Hospice volunteers have a tremendous impact on the lives of the patients that they serve, the hospice team of which they are a part, and the families and friends of the terminally ill.

Understand what it means to be a hospice volunteer.

How Arts and Crafts Help Children Express Grief

After the loss of a loved one, children can have difficulty expressing their emotions. Arts and crafts can help provide children with a soothing, creative channel for their grief.

Learn how arts and crafts can be effective tools in helping children express their grief.

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka on Grief

Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, shares his professional insight on grief.

Learn from renowned grief expert, Dr. Kenneth J. Doka, concerning questions many face during grief.

Growing Beyond Fear

Teresa Adair shares how to grow beyond your fears that can hold you back.

Learn to grow beyond your fears and pour into the lives of your loved ones facing serious illness.

Gift from the Bothwell Foundation

The Bothwell Foundation of Sedalia, Missouri dedicates itself to pouring richly into the mission of quality end-of-life care in their local community.

Read more about their generous gift to the mission of quality hospice care.

Caregiving During the Holidays

Crossroads Hospice Community Educator, Judy Waechter, shares helpful tips for caregivers navigating through the holiday season.

Learn how to navigate the holidays as an end-of-life caregiver.

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