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Going Home

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Abeyta

Tonight, my mother and my brother moved the bed out of her guest room. Tomorrow morning, a truck will deliver a hospital bed to take its place. And sometime after that, an ambulance with my father in tow will make the trek from the hospital to my mother's and father's home.

How to Choose a Hospice

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

Choosing wisely takes time. So start thinking early about what hospice you'd want when the time comes. How early? Well, if you were interested enough in this topic to read this blog, then now would be a good time.

How Dying Became A Multibillion-Dollar Industry

HuffPost Data | Ben Hallman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business

The hospice business has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past decade. What once was a collection of mostly small, religious-affiliated no...

Learning to Embrace Empowerment in the Last Chapter of Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

It was Georgia's* 90th birthday party. Unlike several of the other guests (who were at least two decades younger), she was lively, bright and full of...

Dying Man's Wish To Return To The Forest Comes True

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion

A former forest ranger at the end of his life had one wish: to return to the outdoors. Ed, a hospice patient at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash...

Recognizing Hospice Nurses This National Nurses Week

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

"The care the hospice nurses provided, not only to my husband but also to me, was tremendous. I will always be grateful to them. They were a pillar of...

Death With Dignity: Now Is the Time for Advanced Care Discussions

Eric Kodish, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Kodish, M.D.

End-of-life care, and the subsequent decisions that are related to it, is a sensitive subject that must be handled with compassion and respect from all involved -- from family members to medical personnel.

3 Things I Would Like Health Care Workers to Know About Hospice Caregiving

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

While caregivers may be extremely successful in other areas of their life, very little prepares them for the responsibility of caring for their loved one. Few caregivers have done this before. It is an emotional marathon.

When Dying Meets Denial

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

More often than not, denial serves and supports individuals and their families as they integrate the difficult business of dying into their lives. But now and then, we meet someone so fixed in their denial that it indeed stands in the way of their dying how and where they want.

The Most Surprising Thing I Learned Working In Hospice Care

Sarah Stroe | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Sarah Stroe

To have an interest in death and dying does not imply a morbid fascination with the end of life. It suggests a deep reverence for the life we are all lucky to live, even if only for a short time. In assisting individuals and families through the dying process, we are also showing them how to continue living.

People With Alzheimer's May Still Be 'There'

Marie Marley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's -- especially those in the later stages of the disease -- may stop talking or making other clear attempts to communicate. Too often we assume they don't know what's going on around them. We think they don't understand what people are saying to them or about them.

Upon the Death of My Mother: Bridging Two Realities

David Bedrick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Bedrick

I visited my mother just a few months before she passed; that was about two years ago now. We went out to dinner in a restaurant attached to a casino....

Death and Dying: Personal Goals at End of Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This study is evidence of what can go wrong when doctors, patients and families fail to have frank and open communication about end-of-life care. It is also, in the clarion call of its conclusion, "a first step toward refocusing care on treatments that are more likely to benefit patients."

Hospice Voices

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Hospice is a difficult decision for anyone, but it allowed me to bring my late husband home, somewhere he desperately wanted to be.

5 Ways to Connect With a Dying Loved One

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The simplest -- and, at the same time, the most difficult -- way to connect at the bedside of a dying loved one is to just be. Let your thoughts land softly, or alternatively, take flight.

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.

How My Dying Father Became The Zen Master Of Peacock Watching

Lisa Meritz | Posted 11.28.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

I got the call at night. My 86-year-old father Morry, a man so full of energy and life that he worked full-time until he was 76 years old, had overdosed on pain medicine. They pumped his stomach, but they couldn't tell yet whether he would live.

What The Most Caring People In The World Know

Posted 08.19.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul For The American Nurse Project, filmmaker Carolyn Jones set out to interview and photograph nurses around the country about their w...

Death as a Conversation Starter

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Death and dying are a natural part of life's continuum. The more we as a society discuss this ubiquitous stage of life, the more educated and empowered we will be to navigate our own final days and those of our loved ones.

View From the Field: When Chronic Conditions Become Terminal

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Mr. Singh died in March, three generations of family members missed him terribly, but they knew they had done all they could to make sure that he died as he had lived -- at the center of his loving family.

A Grandfather's Gift Goes Beyond Words

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 07.18.2013 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

Bill starting writing stories for his granddaughter when he realized she was having trouble pronouncing certain letters, and he turned them into a book, Stories for Amanda.

Making Time When Time Is Short, and Other Insights From a New End-of-Life-Care Nurse

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This is National Nurses Week, and a perfect moment to highlight the special training, ability and insights that distinguish hospice nurses in truly remarkable ways.

Susan Sontag, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Care at the End of Life

Andrew Stark | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Stark

It seems as if witnessing aggressive, life-prolonging care actually makes people more likely to want it for themselves -- even with all its miseries and ultimate failure -- than they would if they hadn't witnessed it. That's a puzzle. What might be going on?

Stone Soup In Soweto

Kristen Marble | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Stone soup is simple: Each person contributes just one ingredient to a pot containing water and a stone. Through cooperation and involvement of an entire community, a nourishing, delicious meal for all is created. Today in Soweto, South Africa we had the privilege of seeing this children's story come to life.

A Beautiful Death

Lauren Cahn | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I can't say that my father was ready for death or that any of us was ready for him to go. But I believe that thanks to hospice care, and some miracle of timing and life force and will that I will never quite understand, my dad's death was as beautiful as a death can be.