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Hospice Doctor Describes What Happens The Moment After We Die

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.16.2017 | OWN

Death is a mystery to all of us, but Dr. B.J. Miller may have more insights on the topic than most. As a hospice and palliative care physician at the ...

The Most Important Lesson This Hospice Doctor Can Teach Us About Death

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.05.2017 | OWN

Dr. B.J. Miller’s life appears to center around death. As a hospice and palliative care physician at the University of California, San Francisco, Mi...

Making Final Arrangements for a Terminally-Ill Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 01.29.2017 | Fifty
Marie Marley

No one wants to make arrangements for the death of a terminally-ill friend or family member. It's painful to think about any loved one's eventual pass...

A Debate On The Pros And Cons Of Aging And Death

Allen Frances | Posted 12.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

At age 74, I have already experienced many of the indignities of aging and before very long will also confront the inevitability of death. Although ne...

The Words That I Want To Express To My Dying Child

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 01.13.2017 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

I always thought we would be talking about fashion, school, boys and life changes when you were 12 years old. As a first-time parent, I envisioned I w...

Do Not Take Your Loved Ones for Granted - by Mike O'Connor

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kindness Blog

I'm currently sat on a cancer ward at the hospital, waiting for my mum to be discharged after she had surgery to remove a tumor, just a few days ago. ...

Miracles and Why We're Reluctant to Own Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

A miracle suggests divine intervention in human affairs. Many of us tend to think that believing in miracles is unscientific. But it is science that h...

Scared of Dying

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 10.29.2016 | Women
Galina Nemirovsky

My aunt who is dying of ovarian cancer chose to enter hospice today after her third trip to the emergency room in the last two weeks. The hospital sen...

Life is a Consolation Prize; Death is the Sure Thing

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Galina Nemirovsky

"It's just her turn," I say. Trying to justify the unjustifiable. Trying to shove words where none fit. "Is that a consolation prize?" My father says...

What Will Happen To My Baby When I Die?

Danielle Gletow | Posted 09.24.2016 | Women
Danielle Gletow

This fear may seem overly dramatic. I am 38 years old. I'm not overweight. I'm not a smoker. I don't drink excessively or eat poorly. I run three to four times a week. Looking at me, you'd assume I'm quite healthy. And you'd be correct. Sort of.

Preparing for Death Becomes More Common in Aging Japan

AsiaToday | Posted 09.19.2016 | World

[An official performs his skills in encoffinment at the annual "Shukatsu Festa 2016" funeral business fair in Tokyo on September 11./ Photographed by ...

Dying is hard but hospital beds are fun!

Connie Lawn | Posted 09.17.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

Dying is hard but hospital beds are fun! From Connie Lawn September, 2016 Hello friends and family. Thanks to your love, patience, and excell...

Making Friends With Death

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

When I die, don’t say I battled cancer. Please say I befriended it. I don’t have cancer—yet—but the person I’ve shared my life with for the ...

Intimate Photos Tell Story Of A Beloved Grandmother's Final Days

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.12.2016 | Fifty

Only someone who has lost a loved one to illness knows the raw emotions felt in the last days of someone’s life. But in a new photo series, photogra...

'By The Time You Read These Lines, I Will Have Died'

Antonio Aramayona | Posted 07.08.2016 | Fifty
Antonio Aramayona

By the time you read these lines, I will have died. I have decided to end my life, to exercise my inalienable right to make decisions about my own life freely and responsibly. You will likely ask yourself why? What's the reason for such an unprecedented decision?

Today, We Can Appreciate a Beautiful Sunset

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

Let's not rely so heavily on the earth-shattering events to awaken us from the mechanical slumber that can sometimes pervasively control our lives. Let's all remember to live in this moment and celebrate life because while my father is right that we are all dying, at least for today, we are all living too.

Hospice Nurses Teach Us to Honor Life By Honoring Death -- and Listening

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Is there a hospice care provider who has helped you or a loved one honor life by understanding and honoring the process of death? I encourage you to share your experience and continue this important conversation.

Death in the Time of Facebook

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.14.2017 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I often hear social media criticized as counter to the goal of building community. My experience has mostly been the exact opposite. I live in a different geographic region from the one in which I grew up, and yet I remain friends with high school and college classmates.

The 4 Best Things You Can Do When A Loved One Is Dying

Laura Dixon | Posted 05.09.2017 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend -- what to talk about, when, and how -- doesn't come naturally to most adults. The irony: All these conversations ask of us, ultimately, is what people appreciate hearing at any time of life: words of candor, reassurance and love.

Did My 102-Year-Old Aunt Live Too Long?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.05.2016 | Fifty

Last week, my 102-year-old aunt died in hospice care. My sadness at losing her is palpable; she was my last remaining aunt (or uncle) and with her pas...

Losing Leonard

Daniel Patterson | Posted 04.29.2017 | Education
Daniel Patterson

We've lost a good one; that's glaring. But how, is tragically less obvious. Five things you might (not) want to know about Leonard: 1) Leonard went ...

What's On Your Bucket List?

Millie Grenough | Posted 04.19.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Millie Grenough

What is one specific thing you might do today to give honor to your bucket list?

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Doing Your End-of-Life Planning

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2017 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

To make matters worse, even when advance directives have been put in writing there are several reasons why patients may still not receive the care they have requested. Here are six common mistakes for you to avoid when doing your own end-of-life planning:

The Oldest Of The Old Are Actually Fine With Dying, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.06.2016 | Fifty

It isn't how many days you live but what you do with each one of them, so says a Facebook philosopher. Facebook philosophers aside, a recent study con...

What Happened When My Greatest Fear Came True

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 03.30.2017 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

So let me ask you: Have you answered these kind of questions? Has someone you know answered them? Because actually taking the time to write down your answers may end up being one of the greatest gifts you could give your family and loved ones.