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Death vs. Life: One Size Does Not Fit All

Marion Leary | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering? 

An Update on Advance Health Care Directives

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Drawing up the document itself is fairly simple; the more difficult part comes beforehand, including deciding what kind end-of-life care you do and don't want to receive, and who -- if anyone -- you want to empower to make decisions in your stead.

Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Every adult -- especially seniors -- should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize any conflicts and confusion with your family and your health care providers if you become seriously illness or when you die.

What to Do With Our Bodies After We Die

Katrina Spade | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Katrina Spade

The Urban Death Project is developing a new option which may appeal to those among us who want to minimize environmental harm and give something back to the earth when we die.

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Getting Patients Out of the Dark

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Whitcomb

I attended the 2014 Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Keeping Patients in the Dark, held in Hanover,...

Jaweed Kaleem

Kicking Off New Year With Death Over Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

On the evening of Jan. 7, Rosemary Lloyd, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who lives outside Boston, will host one of the most unusual dinner...

Jaweed Kaleem

Death Is On The Menu

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion

At 45, Laura Sweet has thrown plenty of dinner parties. The routine has become familiar: Pick a date, email invites, fire up a few favorite dishes, po...

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.

No Heroic Measures

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Adam Neiman

We may not be the Greatest Generation but when it comes to creating moral crusades we're the tops. Now we need a moral crusade to die when our time comes.

To Kevork Or Not To Kevork, That Is The Question

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

In the next 20 years, I imagine we will witness the options for end of life choice and control expand for those facing chronic or terminal illness, pain, meaninglessness and even boredom.

'Don't Plead With Me Not To Die'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

If God did not mean for us to live forever and did not indicate that longevity beats out quality, doesn't it make sense that when someone is dying the expectation would be to encourage them to let go?

Finding God in the ICU

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

In hospice care, we realize that patients deserve a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to serve the person's physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs.

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.