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End of Life Care

Nurses Ignore Hospital Regulations To Grant Dying Man His Final Wish

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 04.11.2017 | Fifty

Nurses in Denmark benevolently broke their hospital’s regulations last week to grant a 75-year-old man his dying wish. After doctors at Aarhus Unive...

I'm Still Paying For My Dead Husband's Cell Phone Because I Can't Answer His Security Question

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.14.2017 | Fifty

Until I became widowed two months ago, I thought death was a finality. After it happened, I would have the time and space to mourn. I’ve since learn...

How To Give A Loved One Permission To Die

Eva Moon | Posted 11.08.2016 | Fifty
Eva Moon

We were gathered at my grandmother's home for a final visit. Coming together for this was sad but it was also more joyful than I could have imagined. We sat with her and shared stories, photos, laughter.

How To Take Charge Of Your Own Death

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 10.28.2016 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

I met Brenda when she decided to seek hospice care. In addition to kidney failure, she had numerous ailments including painful, golf-ball-sized sores throughout her body.

A Letter To The Doctors And Nurses Who Cared For My Wife

The New York Times | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.06.2016 | Healthy Living

After his 34-year-old wife suffered a devastating asthma attack and later died, the Boston writer Peter DeMarco penned the following letter to the int...

Making End-Of-Life Care Decisions Is About As Real As It Gets

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.06.2016 | Fifty

My husband fell seriously ill last May and after a month in the hospital was discharged home to my care. Nothing ― nothing ― has been the same sin...

When You Die, Don’t Leave Loved Ones In The Dark

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 09.23.2016 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

It was an uneventful Thursday until my best friend called to say her mother had died unexpectedly. My friend and her brother were in shock … and tot...

Meeting People Where They Are -- Emotionally

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

For hospice to succeed in bringing quality of life to the end of life, members of our hospice team work hard to meet people where they are emotionally.

Help For Emotional Healing When Life Comes To A Close

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

End of life is fraught with the stuff of life, and that can include tense relationships between spouses, parents and children, siblings who may disagree on a parent's care or may harbor years of rivalries and resentments. With skill and compassion, VNSNY Hospice counselors and clinicians help foster healing communication at life's end.

Priced Out Of Dying In California

Ravi Parikh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Ravi Parikh

On June 9th, 2016, California became the latest state to allow physician-assisted suicide. For all of the recent debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide, one point often fails to be mentioned: Americans who choose to take lethal drugs will be unable to afford it.

It's Time to Train All Doctors on How to Talk to Patients About End-of-Life Care

Laura J. Morrison | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Laura J. Morrison

My neighbor asked me to help her husband die peacefully at home. This was not a request to hasten his death. Distressed by his marked physical deterioration, she reached out to me knowing I am a geriatrics and palliative care physician.

Working from the Same Script - How Silos in Healthcare Hinder Care

Anthony Cirillo | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Anthony Cirillo

My mom just passed away at 94. She was in the hospital for two weeks. She had a small bowel obstruction. Had she not had emergency surgery, where they...

Aid-in-Dying Option Heightens Awareness and Provokes Discussion

Tenessa MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Tenessa MacKenzie

The End of Life Option Act goes into effect in California on June 9, 2016, joining a handful of other states with similar legislation. The law empowers a terminally ill adult to request and receive a drug to hasten death.

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.

Why Diane Rehm's New Book Is A Must-Read

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 05.14.2017 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

Diane Rehm, the treasured NPR host of The Diane Rehm Show and friend to UsAgainstAlzheimer's, has written a deeply personal, profoundly moving, incredibly honest book about her life before and after her husband's death.

Cancer Is My Prison, and Intolerable Suffering Is My Sentence

Miguel Carrasquillo | Posted 05.12.2017 | Latino Voices
Miguel Carrasquillo

I have lived with the reality of a premature death for more than four years. Today, I live with blackouts, blindness, convulsions and more. Aside from these horrific symptoms, I live in constant fear of even worse days that lie ahead. What crime did I commit to be forced to die this way?

Defying a Death-Defying Culture

Clareen Wiencek | Posted 05.03.2017 | Healthy Living
Clareen Wiencek

Palliative care, while a specialty, lies at the heart of what every health care provider does -- whether nurse, physician, social worker, chaplain or psychologist -- because no matter the dazzle of technologies that extends life, our core focus can and should remain: Cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always.

One Simple Step to Integrating Loss, Endings or Death Into Your Life Right Now

Jane Duncan Rogers | Posted 04.21.2017 | Healthy Living
Jane Duncan Rogers

Death is the biggie, of course. When someone or something dies, there will always be loss. How could there not be? It's easy to see the presence of loss when a person dies, but perhaps not so easy to see when it is the death of something else.

Observing the Wish to Die at Home

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 04.21.2017 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Sometimes it's hard to understand how such a seemingly small gesture could ever be enough, but what our hospice workers see time and time again, is the power of just that single act: holding a hand, and letting go.

What It's Like To Help The Dying As An End-Of-Life Doula

Debbie Slevin | Posted 04.11.2017 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? I tell them: I do it because I can. I can 'do' death. The dying process does not frighten me. It might when it is my turn to look death in the eye -- but for now -- I am unafraid.

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.

Pronouncing Death

David Duong | Posted 03.15.2017 | GPS for the Soul
David Duong

As I conduct the final exam, I reflect on the life of my patient -- this person that I have had the pleasure to connect with over the past days and weeks.

Who Should Bear a Dying Man's Burden?

Pranay Sinha | Posted 03.02.2017 | Healthy Living
Pranay Sinha

As physicians, we know that the patients are suffering. We know that their chances of returning to the life they desire are nonexistent. We know that this is a difficult decision. Should we respect their right to self-determination and help them continue this difficult existence until they decide to stop?

What Your Aging Parent Isn't Telling You - I Want to Discuss End-of-Life Issues

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 02.28.2017 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

Most of us live our lives as if we will be alive tomorrow, and for many years to come. Of course, that's not always the reality and at some point - ho...

Choosing a Hospice Care Program

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.15.2017 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer any information on hospice care, how to choose a good provider, and whether Medicare covers it? My grandmother has t...