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End of Life Care

The Intimacy of Death

Erin Coriell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Coriell

One's day-to-day experience of life no longer relies solely on the mind, but of the senses too. As fleeting as life is, this present moment living, generated by the awareness of death, renders great stillness. In these moments, life and death have no separation.

Increasing Hospice Use Among Hispanics and Latinos: 'Walk With You Every Stage of This Journey'

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Hospice's palliative care model is increasingly recognized for bringing quality of life to end of life, yet Hispanics in America typically underuse it. Recent statistics show that about seven percent of hospice users in 2014 were Hispanic, while Hispanics make up 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to census figures.

Seniors Understand the Value of Life

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The elderly want to fight death the same way we all do. Because life is incredible. And in fact, we should want them around. They have navigated many decades and many challenges. They have wisdom and they have perspective to spare and to share.

How To Remain Hopeful At The End Of Your Life

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

People approach the loss of a life in different ways. Many never consider that they can choose an attitude toward dying. For patients and caregivers alike, deciding on an attitude to deal with difficult times can actually ease the suffering that so often surrounds the dying process.

Quality of Death Survey Offers Hope in Unexpected Places

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Palliative care for people at the end of life is meant to ease their physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. However, in many parts of the world, especially in poorer economies, it is still unknown.

Medicare To Cover End Of Life Planning

AP | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living

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Vivid End-Of-Life Dreams May Help Comfort People Facing Death

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science

Barry, an 88-year-old patient in a hospice in upstate New York, had an extremely vivid dream one night in which he was driving somewhere unknown. Whi...

Moments of Life Campaign Shatters Common Misperceptions About Hospice Care

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are five of the messages conveyed by the Moments of Life campaign that shatter the most common misperceptions about hospice care:

This Is How You Listen to a Dying Person

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 10.11.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

A gentle word of caution: It is hard to imagine the total, bottom-of-the-glass exhaustion that many dying people feel as life ebbs away. The effort to turn in bed, or even lift a cup to sip water can seem impossible.

Project HOPE: Overcoming Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Launched this past summer, HOPE involves a targeted outreach to medical professionals and potential hospice patients in Harlem Hospital and the surrounding community it serves.

10 Countries With The Best Care For The Dying

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion

Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore understood the desire for a peaceful death. One verse of his 1919 poem "Stray Birds" reads: "Let ...

Americans Love 'Death Panels.' Sorry, Sarah Palin!

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite the best efforts of politicians like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), more than 8 in 10 Americans think it's just fine for M...

What My Mother's Death Taught Me About a Dog's Death

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Jessica Vogelsang

The more time I spend hearing families' personal stories, the more I see that each pet serves a unique purpose at a point in our lives, a task that defines their all-too-brief time on Earth. Oftentimes we don't even recognize that task until the moment has already passed.

Dare to Be 100: Premiere Thanatologist Dr. Joann Lynn

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Joanne and I are soulmates. We both tilt at windmills. The most frequent response to my entreaties to restore soul to our "profession" is "wishful." "...

This Is How You Feed A Dying Person

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

My mother likes to say that all children need at least one person in their life who thinks that they are absolutely wonderful and can do no wrong. My grandma Daisy, my father's mother, was that person for me.

California Assembly Passes Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A hard-fought measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California cleared the state Assembly on Wednesday desp...

Santhara -- Jain Way of Death with Equanimity

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

By dying in meditation the aspirants are able to die with the mind being in complete awareness, calm and undisturbed by pain or emotions. Moreover, the aspirants practice their ultimate belief that their body and the material world are not their pure self and that they detach from them.

Don't Die With Your Music Still Inside You

Erin Coriell | Posted 09.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Erin Coriell

When I heard the news of Dr. Wayne Dyer's death, I was immediately filled with questions: Was he sick? Did he have an accident? Did he experience pain...

Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard Advances In California

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

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Talking About Death - When Do We Begin?

Erin Coriell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
Erin Coriell

It is never too soon to befriend this mysterious, unpredictable life experience that we will all undergo. Many of us cheat ourselves out of fully living life by refusing to discuss death until we absolutely have to. It's impossible to experience the richness of life when we subconsciously cling to it.

Ending With Love: A Father-Daughter Dance With Dementia

Valerie Kausen | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts
Valerie Kausen

Spending extended periods of time in memory care facilities has brought the issue into my awareness and understanding in a way that I was blind to in the past. It's hard. It's expensive. It's easy to deny what is happening.

Am I Courageous or a Coward, to End Life at 75?

Carol Marak | Posted 08.05.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

The following is my interpretation of a family member's journey to find peace with dying. I was close by with my sister and brother-in-law while they struggled to find a cure. I watched, listened, and gave support. The path to cancer remission is hard, and I honor those who fight it.

There's A New Focus On End-Of-Life Care And Counseling In 40 States

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides d...

Compassion and Empathy at the End of Life: Advanced Care Planning Takes a Giant Step Forward

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On July 8, 2015, Medicare took a significant step towards helping people make the right decisions for their care by proposing to pay in 2016 for physicians who spend at least 30 minutes discussing and documenting patient preferences and values at the end of life that may be used to guide decisions for Advanced Directives.

How Washington D.C. Can Improve Care for Patients at the End of Life

Walter Smith | Posted 07.16.2015 | DC
Walter Smith

A MOST -- called a MOLST or POLST in other places -- guides conversations between a patient and the patient's medical team about specific treatment options and interventions in light of the expected course of the condition.