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Advance Directives

Long-Term Health Care: Think, Plan While You're Healthy, Able

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Americans are notorious disease-and-death deniers. We cling to the fantasy that death will come only when we're age 100 and have earlier taken a brisk walk, read the WSJ and had a romp in the hay. It doesn't happen that way.

We Don't Talk About How We Are Going To Die

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Thinking about the prospect of only having several months to live, I wonder how many of us could do what Dudley is doing while he is dying -- living one day at a time?

A Million Questions That Need To Be Asked Of Our Aging Parents

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

One of the Ten Commandments is to "obey" our parents. Well, what happens when we think that it is not in their best interest to continue living where they are living or we feel it is unsafe, and they disagree with us?

Let's Stop Paying For Unwanted Treatment At Life's End

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

It is well documented that although advance directives are offered and included in the medical chart -- as the law requires -- in the end they are usually ignored.

What Does God Think Of Our Life-Extending Technology?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

When I lead workshops on completing advance directives, I ask people to prayerfully consider the following questions and to remember that God will be present with them throughout this process.

Health Care Decisions Day: Make it Matter

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 06.17.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

Saturday, April 16 was the fourth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The NHDD coalition aims to inspire, educate, and empower the public...

What's More Important To You, Quality Or Quantity Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We need to determine for ourselves what our "bottom line" is. The question becomes: When is enough, enough?

God Will Not Desert Us: Difficult End Of Life Conversations

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

These situations, unfortunately, engender arguments and fights at the very time the family should be there to support and comfort each other and their dying parent.

Making End-Of-Life Care A Family Tradition

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

New York City is a rich cultural, ethnic and religious tapestry, and those in my field must understand a complex set of traditions and beliefs before introducing conversations about death and dying.

Yearning for Freedom and Control at Life's End

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

A person's last days may still be off in the distant horizon, but the yearning for a death that honors the life and the determination to remain a free person is palpable when thoughts turn to life's end.

It's National Healthcare Decisions Day - do you know if your decisions will be honored?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Compassion & Choices, the nation's largest and oldest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life, today marke...

Bishops vs. Patients' Rights

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

I have written how recent changes to Ethical and Religious Directive (ERD) Number 58 compel Catholic hospitals and nursing homes to either disregard y...

Ruth Proskauer Smith's Death Honors the Life she Led

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Ruth Proskauer Smith, a friend and an activist for individual autonomy, died last night, closing her life in the manner she had wished for, planned fo...

End of Life Consultations: Adults Only

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

Some leaders prefer to confine us in childhood, so we need never acknowledge, grieve over or plan for our own deaths. A childish approach to end-of-life issues permeated the August recess.

Death, Dishonesty and the GOP

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Democrats don't want to "kill Granny," but Republicans want to ensure that "Granny" suffers needlessly in death, and that her family deals with the confusion of not knowing what "Granny" wanted.

So it Begins -- the August Attack on Health Care Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I received a mass email that exhorted the recipients to pray because of the disaster to befall on us if health care reform is passed. I went through every charge and answered it.