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End of Life

Repeat After Me: 'Hospice Means More Care, Not Less.'

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

It is a practical and tangible way to help people continue to live at home and in the community, to live life to its fullest with dignity and comfort, to live more connected to family, friends, and faith, to live more reflective on one's history and more intentionally about one's legacy.

Meet The Only U.S. Presidential Candidate Promising Immortality

Fusion | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 02.08.2016 | World

This is Episode 5 of Real Future, Fusion’s new documentary series about technology and society. Previous episodes available at ...

What The Dreams Of The Dying Reveal About The Human Spirit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion

Dr. Christopher Kerr was 12 years old when his father died. In the man's final moments of life, Kerr said in a recent TEDx talk, his father re...

Dying On Your Own Terms

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.22.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Do Not Resuscitate? Allow Natural Death? Do everything to keep me alive? Whatever happens, I don't want tubes down my throat! Keep me out of Intensive Care Units!

How to Write Your Own Obituary

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.28.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

For many people, writing their own obituary can be a nice way to sum up their life, not to mention avoid any possible mistakes that sometimes occur when obituaries are hurriedly written at the time of death.

A Guide To 'Death-Aware' Gifts For The Holidays

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Here are some "death-aware" gifts that you might consider for various individuals grappling with death and loss this holiday season:

10 Ways To Live Life With No Regrets

Grace Bluerock | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace Bluerock

This impactful experience became a huge motivator for me to start living as if any day could be my last. We never know how long we will live, so we must make conscious choices each day to live fully and make the most out of each experience we have. Here are ten ways to start living life with no regrets.

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.

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.

What Forrest Gump Teaches Us About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

As we watch Forrest cope with death in his uncomplicated and imperturbable manner there are certain lessons that shine forth for each of us about death and dying:

This App Will Help You Sort Through Your Views On Dying

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion

There are apps for nearly everything -- ordering food, catching rides and finding dates, to name just a few of the common tasks people accomplish via...

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...

How California's End Of Life Option Act Could Have Changed My Mother's Death

Jessica Vogelsang | Posted 10.12.2015 | Fifty
Jessica Vogelsang

Instead of concentrating on my time with my mother, I spent most of it worrying. It's not the inevitability of the outcome that matters in these situations, it's the little bits of control we are given in times where so much of it has been taken away. And that would have changed so much.

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.

Dare to Be 100: Bravo Jerry

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Over the weekend our excellent California governor Jerry Brown signed California state bill ABX2-15, widely known as "The End-of-Life Options Act." It...

5 Reasons to Get Comfortable With Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death is not nearly as frightening or sad as you may have heard, but you'll have to trust me on that until you get to know Death more intimately for yourself. I encourage you to strike up a friendship of your own, perhaps by volunteering at a hospice or nursing home. If you're not sure this is a good idea, here are five reasons to get comfortable with Death:

Dear Governor Brown: I Don't Want to Die on Cancer's Terms

Naomi Sichler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Naomi Sichler

Governor Brown: I urge you to sign ABX2-15. Give me and the dozens of other amazing humans I've met on my journey with cancer (and the countless others I've never met) some peace and relief from the dread of those final months.

Proceed With Caution, Jerry Brown

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

My purpose is rather to strike a cautionary note, to acknowledge the risks of taking this leap, and to call for a much more rigorous set of conditions to be fulfilled by the physicians assuming this weighty responsibility than I have currently seen proposed.

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.

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.

Saying Goodbye to My Daughter the First and Last Time

Jaye Watson | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Jaye Watson

"Hey!" my husband yelled, iPhone poised to take one last photo. They turned around, and my daughter had what I call the smile of fear. In the photo, you can see she is looking off camera -- at me. My husband snapped the picture, she turned back around and was gone.

How To Have Difficult Conversations About Hospice Care

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.23.2015 | Fifty

On the heels of Medicare's recent announcement of plans to start paying doctors to give patients counseling about end-of-life care, Huf...

Advance Health Care Planning Part 2: Why Filling Out Your Forms Is Not Enough

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

In part one of this blog (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-johnson/advance-healthcare-planni_b_7615354.html), I discussed why every mentally-com...

Over My Dead Body

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 07.15.2015 | Science
Paul Fidalgo

Death will definitely come. There's no avoiding that. Morbid curiosity will be sated. The scales will tilt to the point of falling over. I see no reason to place my thumb on them now.

When Cure Is Not an Option

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

"Has anybody asked the patient?" Jessica Nutik Zitter raised her hand to pose that question some years ago, at a "Morbidity and Mortality" conference...