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Dying With Dignity

One Of The Greatest Gifts You Could Ever Give Your Family

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

It was heart wrenching to receive a phone call from a friend who had to stand between her two brothers in the hospital waiting room last night. Her two brothers were ready to fight outside of the Intensive Care Unit where their mother lay on a ventilator. For three days my friend's family gathered as they heard the news of her weakening condition.

The Important Conversation Almost No One Seems To Be Having

Cindy Capitani | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty
Cindy Capitani

My grandmother asked me to stay with her until it's over, and I can only think of a few reasons she'd ask me: She knows I'll talk about anything and won't mince words; she knows I will do anything for her if I'm able; and she knows I can be a calming presence. It took me a very long time to become a calming presence; it's still a daily practice.

Dying With Dignity or Assisted Suicide

Sarah Amento | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Amento

I did not read any interviews, nor did I read posts. I only heard snippets here and there. I did see her beautiful face on the cover of the People mag...

Die a Good Death

Phil Latessa | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Phil Latessa

'Die a good death' is the summary of a project I've been working on in Tanzania for the past seven years. We began at the peak of the AIDS crisis, training lay people to care for terminally ill AIDS patients. When the health system could do no more for them, they were sent home to die.

Brittany Maynard Brought Much-Needed Attention to Brain Cancer and Choosing Dignity

Mark Green | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Green

Brittany's public, controversial, and very brave decision has helped me reflect upon my own three years of living with this disease, and the gripping fear I face with each MRI, as I hold my breath and watch the doctor pull up the screen on his laptop.

Final Days With Your Pet: How Music Can Help Your Mind Help Your Companion

Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D.

Music can help focus your attention, even in painful circumstances. It can, in situations like Lora's, help make positive memories of the time you have left with a loved one and help soothe the situation, for both present and future, with dignity, peace, and warmth.

Dedicated to a Cause

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Last Wednesday, March 20, the Connecticut Assembly's Public Health Committee began its consideration of a bill modeled after Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. My heart swelled as I sat with them and heard the witness of these decent, altruistic, dedicated people.

Knowing When to Say Goodbye

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Right away, my dog's life flashed before my eyes. I pictured him as an 8-week-old puppy with huge floppy ears and then as a rambunctious hulking 5-year-old. That's when I knew, hard as it was, that we made the right decision.

Does Any Computer Appeal to Seniors?

Liddy Manson | Posted 09.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Technology can't substitute for human interaction, and it never will. But it can ease the demands of caregiving in the early years, and buy everyone much needed time.

Why Dying Is Different for Doctors

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Because of our exposure to and understanding of how people die, physicians, at least in my experience, tend to deal with death differently than those outside of the profession.

Why Home Matters, Even -- Especially -- at the End

Liddy Manson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

She couldn't leave her bed at all during the final months, but the city came to her, one person at a time, to say goodbye in the room where they'd said so many hellos.

In Her Last Hour of Life, My Grandmother Told Her Story

Brienne Walsh | Posted 10.01.2011 | Women
Brienne Walsh

My sister and I sat with my grandmother while she lay dying a few months ago. Against her pale skin, freckled and dotted with beauty marks, I laid my arm.

Dying With Dignity In Oregon

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

Every day people die agonizing deaths from terminal illness. Every day their loved ones suffer with them.

Death and Taxes: National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

On the 15th you fill out your 1040 Form for your Uncle Sam, and the next day you fill out an advance care directive to make the future easier for the rest of your family.

Living Well, Dying Well

Sadhguru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sadhguru

Once you come to terms with death and you are conscious that you will die, you will want to make every moment of your life as beautiful as possible.

Why They Call Alzheimer's 'The Long Goodbye'

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

Alzheimer's Disease is a cruel insult to anyone who suffers its indignity. This is the last, lingering chapter in a story that began with my mom's paralyzing stroke 19 years ago.

How To Write A Eulogy

intent.com | Dr. Roberta Temes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It is an honor to commemorate the life of a person who has recently died. Are you preparing a eulogy? Here's some help from Dr. Roberta Temes, who s...

The Conversation

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

Patients who had talked with their doctors experienced a more peaceful, pain-free end of life than those tethered to the tubes and machines meant to extend their lives.