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The New Year's Talk Every Family Needs to Have

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.

It's Never Too Soon: Make Your Final Wishes Known

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

There is a spectrum in the process of dying. It ranges from unbearable suffering for patients and their families to a reasonable quality of life in which symptoms are controlled until the end. Either way, survivors are left to grieve.

Death Panels, Dignity, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We now need to revisit the issue of enhancing discussions of end-of-life care. Addressing these issues more fully can help us in many ways. But these are not easy issues.

End of Life Counseling? Had That in My Twenties

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Early in my service I was told, "When a jet crashes, often the boots are all we can find." Such was my not-so-subtle introduction to the need for end of life planning.